Motorcycle accidents carry a high risk of serious injury, including damage to the legs and feet. It’s not uncommon for the lower extremities to suffer significant damage if the rider is compacted, thrown from the bike, or strikes an object. This can lead to long-term limitations and chronic pain. All riders and passengers should understand the risks associated with operating a motorcycle.
If an accident occurs, getting medical emergency care is your first priority. Then, seek out the help of a motorcycle accident attorney if you’ve suffered leg or foot injuries. Our experienced Nebraska personal injury attorneys are here to help you protect your right to compensation for your accident-related expenses.
Types of Leg and Foot Injuries
Leg injuries are common in motorcycle accidents because of the exposure of the leg to the elements. Legs can easily come in contact with the road surface. The force of an accident can cause the bones to shatter. There is also the risk of deep lacerations if the leg strikes sharp metal. Here are a few common types of leg and foot injuries that may impact your ability to work and enjoy life as you once did.
- Road rash. A common leg injury in a motorcycle accident, road rash occurs when the skin touches the road surface and, in most cases, is dragged against it. This can create painful lacerations and scrapes, some of which may require skin grafts and reconstructive surgery to correct.
- Ankle injury. The ankle has numerous ligaments, tendons, and bones, all of which can suffer damage after an accident occurs. A dislodged joint can also occur, leading to an inability to move the joint. At least one fracture in this area is common after an accident in which the ankle strikes the ground, especially at an angle.
- Foot injuries. Even with heavy boots on, motorcycle riders may suffer broken bones in the foot as well as the potential for tissue damage.
- Leg fractures. The bones of the leg can shatter or fracture in half. In any of these situations, that means significant pain and a long recovery. The bones in the fibula and tibia (bones in the longer leg) are particularly at risk for significant damage because they are weaker than the femur (the thigh bone). This may require splinting, reconstructive surgery, and the use of rods to stabilize the area.
- Knee injuries. The force and impact on the knee can cause significant damage to the knee joint. This may include fracturing of the kneecap as well as damage to the soft tissues in this area. Many people need reconstructive procedures to correct this, followed by physical therapy.
- Thigh injuries. The thighs are more fleshy, which often leads to more lacerations and splinters in the muscle. The femur can break as well, leading to a potential need for pins and plates to stabilize it.
Any of these injuries can cause significant damage to a person’s mobility. In some cases, a person may suffer long-term pain. They may no longer be able to engage in activities they loved, such as running, playing sports, or just standing for long hours.
Some types of leg or foot injuries can progressively get worse or may require more extensive treatment. That includes the potential for amputation in extreme cases.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident Crash
After a motorcycle accident involving any type of leg or foot injury, remain still and call 911. Avoid moving to further worsen the condition.
Even if you feel okay, you should still make a trip to the hospital for a full exam. It is critical to get X-rays and ensure all of your injuries receive proper treatment. You will also need this paper trail to build your case against the at-fault driver.
Mistakes to Avoid After a Motorcycle Accident
To protect your right to fair compensation for your injuries, avoid these mistakes after an accident:
- Don’t speak to an insurance adjuster on your own. Instead, work closely with your attorney to handle these discussions.
- Don’t ignore soreness and pain in the days that follow. You may not initially notice the damage to your legs until the adrenaline from the accident wears off.
- Follow your doctor’s advice and guidance for recovery after the incident. That includes getting all of the physical therapy that they prescribe to improve your quality of life.
- Don’t ignore chronic pain. That’s a loss you should claim on your insurance settlement. Let your attorney help you determine how much to claim.
The biggest mistake you can make is trying to manage the claims process after a significant accident like this on your own. Instead, allow an experienced Nebraska motorcycle accident attorney to help you through the process.
Possible Compensation After a Motorcycle Crash
In an accident involving the leg and foot, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills related to the emergency care you receive
- Reconstructive procedures and surgery costs
- Costs associated with hospital stays
- Specialist care costs
- Physical therapy and related costs
- Medication costs
- Medications and procedures associated with infections related to injuries
- Loss of limb function
- Pain and suffering
Why You Need an Omaha Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Working closely with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney is the best way to protect your right to compensation and ensure you receive financial support for all of your losses. Your attorney will answer questions, gather evidence in your case, and provide you with one-on-one support throughout the process.
Expect outstanding support when you call The Law Office of Matthew A. Lathrop, PC, LLO, to discuss your case. Our experienced team is happy to answer your questions and help you learn more about your rights to compensation for your losses. To get started, set up a free consultation with us now.