Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

May 08, 2020

By Keffer Hirschauer LLP

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcyclists are in danger of suffering horrifying injuries in a crash. Unlike those in a passenger sedan, a motorcyclist has no steel protective barrier between them and the vehicle that struck them. Consequently, the injuries they suffer tend to be very serious.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, our lawyers can help. We have deep experience representing those with the following injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Any blow to the head can dramatically change how the brain operates. People can suffer a range of symptoms, such as difficulty speaking or walking, impaired coordination and balance, mood changes, and problems with memory.

Very serious brain injuries leave a person in a coma for months, and some unfortunately never return to normal. Although helmets reduce the risk of a bad brain injury, they do not provide 100% protection, so some brain injuries are unavoidable.

Biker’s Arm

This injury refers to nerve damage many bikers suffer in accidents. Bracing themselves for impact with a vehicle or the road, a biker wraps an arm around his chest. When the biker lands on the arm, he or she suffers serious nerve damage.

Symptoms of biker’s arm include pain, weakness, and numbness in the arm and hand. Recovery can be very slow, and a person might need extensive rehabilitation or even surgery.

Road Rash

As a motorcyclist skids along the road, any exposed skin can peel off. This describes “road rash,” which is a very ugly injury to suffer. The injured skin can easily become infected with dirt and debris.

Treating road rash depends on the severity. Many victims need skin grafts to cover over the exposed areas, with a regular course of antibiotics to prevent serious infections. We have seen many victims with road rash have permanent scarring, which can cause intense emotional distress when on visible parts of the body such as the face.


The forceful impact in a collision can break many bones in the body including:

  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Legs
  • Pelvis
  • Vertebrae

Depending on the location of the break, a biker can have many complications that cause permanent injury. For example, fractured vertebrae can damage the spinal cord, leading to impaired sensation or even paralysis. Some broken bones will also sever blood vessels, which can endanger the health of a limb.

As with all fractures, a key component of recovery is whether the bone has been properly set. When it shatters into many pieces, a victim might need surgery to install a plate to keep everything together.

Emotional Distress

Motorcycle accidents are intensely traumatic. Many victims relive the accident over and over, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But even if a person does not have PTSD, they might still suffer from embarrassment, anger, and anxiety. Depression can also be a natural response to life-altering injuries. Even though emotional injuries are harder to see, they are in many ways just as serious as physical ones.

Get the Compensation You Need

At Indianapolis Injury Lawyers, our Indianapolis motorcycle accident attorneys will fight to get our clients justifiable compensation after a crash. Please contact us today. We can swing into action to negotiate a settlement or file a lawsuit in court.