One of the many reasons why people choose motorcycles as a mode of transportation is the ability to enjoy the open road. While this is an enjoyable and unique hobby or preferred method of getting from place to place, Maryland motorcyclists are also at risk of injuries while sharing the road with other drivers. Other motorists are often unaware of how to safely share the road with motorcycles and how to respect the rights of bikers.
If you ride a motorcycle, you may have experienced what it is like to drive in the vicinity of other motorists who are unaware of you or unaware of your right to be on the road. This lack of awareness can endanger you and increase the chance of a serious accident. One moment of distraction or one mistake can lead to devastating consequences and leave you with serious injuries that could impact the rest of your life.
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident
Every motorcycle accident is different, but these events often result in serious injuries because bikers are largely unprotected against the impact of a crash. You understand the importance of wearing protective gear, but even with all this equipment, you are still susceptible to the impact of a larger, heavier vehicle. Even low-speed collisions are capable of causing serious injuries, which may include the following:
- Road rash — This is damage to the skin resulting from scraping against pavement and other hard surfaces. It can affect multiple layers of your skin.
- Arm injuries — Arm injuries can happen when a person ejects from his or her bike, either landing on the arm or having it caught between objects.
- Head and neck injuries — Traumatic accidents can result in serious damage to the head or neck, resulting in permanent damage, paralysis and even brain injuries.
- Leg injuries — Bikers can sustain injuries to their legs in a crash, resulting in damage to the muscles, ligaments or even the bones.
If you suffered any of these injuries or others in a motorcycle accident, your suffering may be the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person. It will benefit you to seek an understanding of the legal options you have, which may include filing a civil claim against the liable party. After an accident, taking immediate action to protect your interests is beneficial.