With no metal shell, seatbelt or airbags for protection, a motorcyclist is highly vulnerable to injuries when a car or commercial truck collides with a motorcycle.
If a truck or vehicle driver is at fault for causing the motorcycle accident, the law may entitle the injured victim to compensation in Georgia. A victim could receive a significant settlement or verdict during a serious injury or wrongful death claim, regardless of the type of injury.
Head and brain injuries
If a motorcyclist strikes his or her head on the asphalt, a vehicle or another object during a collision, he or she could suffer a traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury can affect different victims in various ways, from memory loss to motor function disabilities. Many victims never completely recover from serious traumatic brain injuries.
A motorcyclist could fracture his or her arms, legs, skull or other areas of the body in a severe car accident. Bone fractures can take weeks or months to heal. Some fractures cause permanent disabilities such as chronic pain.
Soft-tissue injuries can include pulled muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, tissues and blood vessels. A motorcyclist could pull a muscle or suffer another soft-tissue injury in many different ways during a traffic collision.
Road rash and traumatic tattooing
Road rash refers to serious abrasions in the skin from contact with asphalt, gravel, the roadway or another hard surface. Road rash can be extremely painful and have complications such as infections and permanent scarring. Traumatic tattooing refers to the embedding of a foreign body, such as gravel, in the skin. This can create a permanent tattoo.
Spinal cord injuries
A serious spinal cord injury can permanently remove a victim’s ability to feel sensation and function below the point of injury. The victim may need lifelong medical care and treatments such as surgeries or rehabilitative therapies. No known cure exists for severe spinal cord injuries.