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Life-Threatening Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Life-Threatening Motorcycle Accident InjuriesMotorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries. The following are some life-threatening motorcycle accident injuries to be aware of.

Life-Threatening Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injury

Serious head trauma can result from a motorcycle accident when the rider is thrown off the bike; especially if the rider is not wearing a helmet. A serious blow to the head can cause traumatic brain injury when then can lead to hemorrhaging or brain swelling. Even a minor head injury can be serious. The following symptoms may be experienced from a person suffering a brain injury following a motorcycle accident.

  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Convulsions
  • Unconsciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pupil dilation
  • Loss of coordination
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes

Spinal Cord Injuries

Being thrown off a motorcycle or colliding with another large vehicle can cause serious spine damage and even lead to partial or total paralysis. Even a minor spinal cord injury can cause long-term problems and require long-term treatment and physical therapy. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include the following.

  • Weakness, incoordination or paralysis in any part of the body
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in hands or feet
  • Difficulty balancing or walking
  • Impaired breathing
  • Oddly twisted neck or back


Motorcyclists can suffer second and third-degree burns from exhaust, engine, and manifold. A motorcycle engine is often fully exposed and has an average temperature of 230 degrees. After a motorcycle accident, the rider can fall off the bike and come in contact with the engine causing severe burns.

Severe Internal Bleeding or Organ Damage

Serious motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries that damage the rider’s internal organs and cause severe internal bleeding. The force of impact with the ground or solid object such as a vehicle can cause significant damage even at low speeds. Collapsed lungs, brain injuries, and internal bleeding are all possibilities after a motorcycle accident.

High Death Rate of Motorcycle Accidents

While there are more car accidents on American roads, motorcycle accidents are substantially more fatal; especially for motorcyclists that are not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. 37 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents could be prevented had the rider been wearing a helmet. An additional, 67 percent could have avoided injury by wearing a helmet.

Motorcyclist lack protection and often result in a wide range of injuries including minor cuts to life-threatening injuries that can alter a person’s life forever such as paralyzed or vegetative state.

Salem Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver you may be entitled to recover compensation for the following.

  • Past and future medical expenses.
  • Repair or replacement for damages to your motorcycle.
  • Lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering.

Contact an experienced and knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney at Parke Gordon Law Firm today. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. We will aggressively fight for every penny you are owed. Call our Salem law office at (971) 915-HURT for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your motorcycle accident case with a trusted, aggressive and experienced personal injury attorney.

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