You were minding your own business, riding your motorcycle safely and according to the law. You were utilizing all the right safety gear, including a helmet, bright clothing, gloves, knee pads and more.
Out of nowhere, a car pulls out in front of you, leaving you the choice of swerving or running straight into them. You took the former option, but you still ended up being injured. Can you make a claim against the other driver?
Head injuries can occur after a bike fall
Just because you’ve managed to avoid a crash with the driver, that doesn’t mean you’ll walk away unscathed. You may completely lose your balance and fall head first off of the bike. This places your head and upper body in severe danger. Even when wearing a helmet, you could suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The force of the fall could put your neck and spine under immense pressure, resulting in an injury to the spinal cord. If the spinal cord is partially damaged, your recovery period could be months or even years. If there is a complete injury to this area, you could be looking at lifelong treatment and care.
Even if you avoid an injury that places your life in immediate danger, it is likely that you’ll suffer road rash at the very least. This type of burn tends to run from first degree to third degree. First degree is considered to be more minor, but if the area is not cleaned properly, you could pick up dangerous infections. In third degree burns, you are most likely going to require skin grafts and physical therapy.
If another driver has forced you to fall off your bike, you need to hold them responsible. Exploring your legal rights and pursuing a personal injury claim can allow you to obtain needed compensation.