Any motor vehicle accident can lead to serious injury. But in a motorcycle accident, you may be surprised to learn that your chances or a certain type of injury are especially high.
If you get into an accident on a motorcycle, the car you collide with has over a ton of protective metal to keep its driver safe. You, on the other hand, have just your helmet. Your likelihood of sustaining serious injuries that result in amputation are high.
Cause of amputations
Amputations occur more often in motorcycle accidents because of two common types of injuries. If a car comes into contact with a motorcyclist at high force, it is likely to do more than just break a bone. It may actually crush the bones in the limb beyond repair. In this case, amputation may be necessary.
In addition, if an accident results in a motorcyclist being pinned between two heavy objects, it could result in a severed limb.
Moving on with your life
An amputation is a life-altering injury. In addition to physical disability, it can also lead to psychological issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.
Your insurance company’s offer for compensation will not cover all of the ways in which your life has changed. It’s important to understand how a lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.
A personal injury attorney will fight for far more than just the baseline compensation for immediate medical bills and motorcycle repairs. They can seek damages for far more losses, including:
- Lost wages when you were unable to work
- Disfigurement or disability
- Emotional distress
- Psychological treatment
- Physical therapy
- Non-monetary ways in which your quality of life has changed
It may be unpleasant to think about, but a serious motorcycle accident can change your life forever. Making sure you get the help you need to rebuild your life is the first step to healing.