Motorcycle, ATV, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are different from passenger vehicle crashes in that they do not involve a protective metal shell that shields victims from impacts. Alternative vehicle crashes don’t necessarily happen more often than other types of accidents, but the fatality rate is higher. Contact Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A. if you suffered any of the following injuries in a recent Phoenix, Arizona motorcycle, pedestrian, or recreational vehicle accident. Your damages could make you eligible for compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Minor accident injuries are those that do not require hospital care. These injuries might need minor medical attention, such as bandages or over-the-counter pain medications, but do not facilitate the need for an ambulance or emergency medical services. Minor injuries in a motorcycle, ATV, bicycle, or pedestrian crash can take many shapes and forms, including scrapes, cuts, and bruises. Minor injuries might not give you the opportunity to file a claim unless they force you to take time off of work or pay for injury-related expenses.
Don’t let the name fool you; moderate injuries can be severely painful and temporarily disabling. These types of injuries may lead to sizable hospital bills and lost wages from missed time at work. Bone fractures, lacerations that require stitches, minor burn injuries, road rash, and traumatic tattooing are examples of moderate motorcycle, ATV, bicycling, or pedestrian injuries.
Lower-extremity injuries are common semi-serious harms in motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents. In a motorcycle accident, a biker’s pelvis, legs, and feet can suffer injuries if a vehicle strikes them or pins them against the bike. Pedestrian injuries are similar. Broken bones and soft-tissue damage such as muscle sprains and tears frequently happen to the lower extremities in these types of accidents. Lower extremity injuries could impact the ability to walk for days, months, or longer.
Serious head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations can permanently affect a vulnerable accident victim. For example, a victim might never regain full use of the body after a serious spine injury. Victims may need long recovery or rehabilitation times before they can go back to normal daily activities, or else suffer permanent disabilities. Others might have lifelong scars from severe lacerations, burns, or amputations.
Some serious injuries masquerade as minor injuries until they decide to flare up in the future. A slipped spinal disc, for example, could feel like nothing more than a sore back until you lift something heavy and the disc ruptures. Whiplash, neck and back injuries, and brain injuries are all serious injuries that could have hidden or minor symptoms on the outside but wreak havoc on the body on the inside. Always ask for medical care if you aren’t sure how serious your injuries really are.
Hundreds of people die in Arizona motorcycle, ATV, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents every year. Our wrongful death attorneys believe just one death is too many. We represent the families of those wrongfully killed in vehicle accidents in the hopes that one day we won’t have to. Accidents can be fatal if they injure sensitive areas of the victim’s body, such as the skull, brain, spinal cord, or internal organs. High-speed collisions, T-bone accidents, and vehicles rolling over motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians have higher risks of fatal injuries.
Contact our personal injury lawyers if you lost a loved one in a Phoenix, Arizona motorcycle, ATV bicycle, or pedestrian accident. We can help you file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party or parties. Speak to a lawyer today if you suffered any type of personal injury in a recent wreck. You could have grounds to file a claim in pursuit of recovery for medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering. We’ll discuss your rights with you for free when you call (602) 254-6071.