One of the most exposed areas of the body—and one of the most delicate and prone to injuries in a motorcycle accident—is the neck. When a motorcyclist lands the wrong way or when an object makes contact with the neck, injuries are common, in fact, motorcycle crash statistics show that 22 percent of biker injuries are to the neck. The following reviews the most common neck injury after motorcycle accident, treatment, and your next steps.
Types of Neck Injuries
It is rare for direct contact to the neck to happen during a motorcycle crash. Most common neck injuries happen because of indirect loading (referring to inertia injuries, or injuries where compression exceeds the strength of the neck). These injuries vary in severity depending upon speed, helmet use, and point of impact (if applicable).
Injuries may include the following listed below.
- Whiplash injury
- Neck strain or sprain
- Fractured or dislocated spine
- Ruptured disc
- Spinal cord damage
Treatment for Neck Injuries
Tragically, many severe neck injuries are fatal. When not fatal, serious neck injuries—such as damage to the spinal cord or a fractured spine—may cause permanent damage. This damage may include paralysis or significant loss of function.
Other neck injuries, luckily, heal with time, medical treatment, and physical therapy. With less severe injuries, permanent and lasting complications are much less common.
Who should pay for a neck injury?
The at-fault party handles paying for damages. If the damage is severe, filing a lawsuit against the negligent party may be advised; for a minor wound, an insurance claim may yield a sufficient damages amount.
Understanding who should pay for a neck injury requires gathering evidence, demonstrating negligence, and substantiating the extent of damages and losses. Also to medical bills, an injured motorcyclist may also be able to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, and future treatment costs.
Meet with an Attorney Today
A meeting with an attorney can teach you the following things.
- Routes for recovering compensation
- How to prove negligence
- How to file a claim
- Your entitlement amount
The sooner that you meet with an attorney, the better: the statute of limitations for filing a claim in Washington State is three years. To set up your free consultation with an attorney near you today, call Max Meyers Law PLLC. You can reach Max Meyers now at 425-399-7000.