Motorcycle passengers may suffer significant injuries during an accident, often as bad as that of the operator. When this happens, regardless of who is at fault, it is your right to seek compensation for the losses you’ve suffered. Working with a Nebraska motorcycle accident attorney can help minimize the risks in filing a claim.
Common Injuries Motorcycle Passengers Suffer
Motorcycle accidents may cause significant injury because of the force and lack of protection on the bike. High speeds, poor road conditions, and operator error can leave you with numerous injuries.
Some of the most common injuries from motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken bones. Simple fractures, incomplete fractures, and compound fractures are a few of the most common types of broken bones. This can happen to arms, legs, the skull, ribs, the collarbone, or the vertebrae. Shoulder and knee injuries may also occur.
- Brain trauma. The accident’s impact may cause the brain to move backward and forward rapidly in the skull. This can cause brain trauma and whiplash. If the skull is broken, that can cause lacerations of the brain as well.
- Organ damage. Lacerations or impact to the soft tissues of the body can cause organ damage. This can also lead to internal bleeding.
- Facial injuries. Scrapes, lacerations, bruises, and damage to the eyes or oral cavity can occur as a result of a motorcycle accident. This can lead to not only loss of function, but disfigurement.
- Spinal cord injuries. The impact of an accident may cause laceration or other damage to the spinal cord. This can lead to impairment and immobility. This is sometimes permanent. It can also lead to chronic pain development.
- Muscle and skin damage. Road rash can cause damage to the skin and soft tissues of the body, especially if the accident causes dragging. Skin damage and lacerations to muscles can create trauma to the body, including loss of muscle function.
Complications may include amputation, permanent paralysis, chronic pain, and loss of function. This can also cause a person to struggle with infections during the healing process.
Why You Should Pursue Compensation Even If Your Friend Is at Fault
In some cases, the motorcycle operator caused the losses you’re suffering. When that’s the case, you should still file a claim for your losses. Passengers have the legal right to compensation for the losses another person caused in cases like this.
Even if you don’t want to file a claim against your friend’s insurance company, do so. Most often, the insurance company pays for these losses, not your friend. The insurance company’s job is to help cover these costs so you can get back to your life.
Some of the types of damages owed to you may include:
- Medical bills from emergency room visits
- Surgical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost time at work
- Other healthcare costs related to the accident
- Long-term physical therapy
- Loss of use
- Loss of ability to work
For family members who lost a loved one in an accident like this, compensation may be available for the damages normally associated with a personal injury claim as well as funeral or burial costs. Wrongful death claims are complex. Allow our team to help you file for your losses to ensure a proper recovery.
Why You Need a Nebraska Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Working with a motorcycle accident attorney protects your rights. Our team works closely with you to ensure you receive comprehensive compensation. We detail the incident, help you determine what’s owed to you, and ensure both your short- and long-term needs and expected losses are factored into your claim. Don’t speak to an insurance adjuster without our help.
The Law Office of Matthew A. Lathrop, PC, LLO, is happy to discuss your needs and help you make an informed decision about the best way to proceed with your case. If you’ve been in an accident, regardless of fault or loss, schedule a free consultation to learn more about your options to recover the compensation owed to you.