Motorcyclists are especially susceptible to serious injuries on the road, including broken bones and fractures. Unlike a driver or passenger in a car, bikers aren’t protected by air bags, seat belts, and other safety devices. When a negligent driver causes a crash, you could easily find yourself with life-altering injuries. If you have suffered broken bones from a motorcycle accident, Petro Law Firm can help you obtain compensation for your damages.
What Bones Typically Break in a Motorcycle Crash?
During a motorcycle crash, a biker’s body is subjected to significant forces — especially if they hit the ground, a vehicle, or another object. These forces run through your body and can easily cause broken bones or fractures. While any of the body’s bones can break in a motorcycle crash, we typically see victims with fractures in their:
- Arms and hands
- Chest, ribs, and collarbone
- Head (skull)
- Hips and pelvis
- Legs, ankles, and feet
- Spine, including the neck and back
Fractures are painful and can limit your use of the body part while the bone heals. In addition to the fracture itself, the trauma associated with a motorcycle accident can cause nerve damage, edema (or swelling caused by fluid build-up), and tissue damage.
Not All Fractures Are the Same
While you may think that broken bones are minor injuries that quickly heal with a cast, there are a wide variety of fractures — including some that require surgery.
- Closed or simple fractures: While your bone is broken, it did not significantly move out of place and does not break the skin.
- Hairline fracture: A narrow fracture or crack in your bone.
- Incomplete fracture: When the fracture only runs partially through the bone.
- Transverse fractures: A fracture that runs straight across the bone and is relatively stable.
- Compacted fracture: The forces of the crash not only broke your bone, but also drove the two pieces into each other.
- Oblique fractures: The fracture is angled, making it more likely to move out of place.
- Open or compound fractures: During the break, the bone punctured the skin. These complex fractures often require surgery to repair. Because you have an open wound, you are prone to infection — especially if debris from the crash got into your body.
- Comminuted fractures: The bone shatters into at least three pieces, some of which may be tiny. You may need surgery that inserts screws and plates into your bone to stabilize it.
How Do Doctors Treat Broken Bones From a Motorcycle Accident?
Every accident and injury are different. Before your doctors create your treatment plan, they will examine your injuries, review imaging studies (like x-rays and MRIs), and may consult with other specialists. Then they will recommend a course of treatment that may include:
- Immobilization: Doctors put a cast or brace on your fracture, which aligns the bone while it heals.
- Traction: Uses a consistent, pulling force to keep your fractured bone in place
- External fixation: A surgeon inserts pins or screws around the broken bone, holding them together
- Open reduction and internal fixation: A surgeon repositions your bones, putting them back together. Then, they reconnect them with hardware like plates, screws, or rods.
- Physical therapy: As your bone heals, you’ll need to rebuild strength and function in the body part.
- Pain management: Because fractures are painful, you’ll likely receive medications and other treatments to reduce your pain levels.
You may also receive other treatment protocols if you have an infection or the doctor is concerned about other complications.
While most people recover from broken bones after a motorcycle accident, serious or complex breaks and lead to additional problems. Sometimes, an infection will enter the bone or bone marrow (called osteomyelitis). Other times, bone tissues will die (avascular necrosis), causing permanent damage and disability. Or, the bone may not heal properly, causing a mal-union or non-union. Or, your hardware may crack, break, or loosen over time.
In these cases, you’ll likely have a more difficult recovery that requires intensive treatment and multiple surgeries.
What Is Your Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
There isn’t a simple way to calculate the worth of your claim. Your Birmingham AL motorcycle accident lawyer will consider a series of factors when assessing your damages:
- The extent of your injuries and disability
- How much income you’ll lose and whether you can return to work
- The value of your past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
To learn more about your claim’s value, contact Petro Law Firm.
Talk to a Birmingham AL Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered broken bones from a motorcycle accident, contact Petro Law Firm. We assist accident victims in Alabama with their injury claims and help them get the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today.