Motorcycle Ejection Injuries
Motorcycle accidents almost always result in some sort of injury for the motorcyclist, who lacks the protection offered by airbags and seat belts. They are also, however, much more likely to be thrown, or ejected, from their motorcycles entirely, which can cause devastating injuries. Careless drivers who cause these kinds of accidents can and should be held liable for their actions.
A motorcycle rider can be ejected in essentially any type of collision, as there is no roof, sides, or even a seat belt to prevent it. Ejection, however, occurs most often when a motorcyclist is struck from behind, which can cause him or her to be thrown over the handlebars and into the street. Similarly, if struck from the side or front, a rider could be thrown sideways or even backwards off of the motorcycle. It is not, however, only collisions between vehicles that can cause rider ejection. Driving over a pothole, uneven pavement, or loose asphalt could also cause a rider to lose control of and be ejected from the motorcycle. All of these scenarios are dangerous and could result in devastating injuries, especially if the injured party is thrown into traffic, or nearby objects, like light poles or parked cars.
Motorcycle Ejection Injuries
When motorcyclists are ejected during a crash, it is usually the head and neck that bear the brunt of the impact, although every part of the body is susceptible to injury, depending on where and how far the rider falls. Someone who is thrown many feet into the air, for instance, and lands on his or her back is much more likely to suffer a spinal cord injury, as the spine can become compressed upon impact. A rider who was ejected onto his or her side, on the other hand, would be more at risk of suffering a broken or dislocated shoulder, broken ribs, or a crushed hip, or to suffer from internal injuries, while someone who was thrown over the handlebars could suffer from head trauma. Other common ejection injuries include:
- Lacerations and amputations;
- Road rash;
- Broken and crushed bones;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Eye and facial injuries;
- Finger, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries; and
- Lower leg injuries.
Treating these kinds of injuries can be both physically grueling and expensive, with many victims requiring surgery and ongoing therapy. Unfortunately, the trauma resulting from ejection accidents is often so severe that victims are permanently disabled or even lose their lives., Accident victims, or their surviving loved ones can file legal claims against the negligent parties in court, seeking compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and if applicable, for wrongful death.
Compassionate Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Many motorcycle ejection injuries are the result of negligence on the part of other drivers. If someone else’s carelessness was the cause of your own crash, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. Call the dedicated and compassionate Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys at Anderson & Anderson to get started on the road to recovery. We can be reached at 813-251-0072 or via online message.