Motorcycle enthusiasts understand that this beloved pastime and preferred method of transport can result in tragedy. Even when bike riders exercise extreme caution, a negligent motorist can put riders in serious danger. With another hot summer in Illinois in full swing, we thought it was a great time to remind riders to keep an eye on what is going on behind them.
Unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles do not have a steel frame to protect them if a motorcycle accident occurs. If a vehicle is traveling at high speed and strikes a motorbike in the rear, the operator can suffer severe injuries like the ones below.
Brain injuries: A helmet does protect the brain, but bike riders can still suffer brain injuries. In severe cases, brain injuries lead to life-long medical problems and can affect the victim’s cognitive functions and mobility.
Amputations: If a vehicle strikes the back of a motorcycle with great force, parts of the bike or the other vehicle might amputate limbs. In another example, if a leg or an arm suffers a severe crush injury during a rear end accident, it might be necessary for a doctor to remove the affected appendage.
Spinal cord damage: Depending on which part of the spinal cord is injured, victims could face partial or total paralysis. This means enormous medical expenses as well as learning to cope with a completely new way of life.
Continue to keep a close eye behind you if you enjoy biking, and don’t forget to watch your front end as well. Should a motorcycle accident cause you to suffer serious injury, the law can help you find a way to manage the expenses related to your collision. You can learn more about these remedies by visiting our firm’s website.