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Common Motorcycle Injuries

Common Motorcycle Injuries

A motorcycle does not offer much protection for a rider in a motorcycle accident. In the unfortunate event of an accident, your motorcycle could slide and drag you with it. Or you might get ejected from the bike and injure yourself in a hard landing.

Injuries from a motorcycle crash often follow a predictable pattern. The most common motorcycle injuries can limit your mobility and cause permanent disabilities. You might not be able to work or perform your daily tasks.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Portland, OR, it is essential to understand more about your injuries and how to seek compensation for them. If you need assistance, contact Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers or give us a call at (503) 272-8986 for a free initial consultation.

How Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Portland, OR

How Tillmann Law Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Portland, OR

Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers has recovered millions of dollars in personal injury compensation for accident victims throughout Portland, Oregon.

Our Portland motorcycle accident attorneys have over 17 years of experience representing clients against those who injured them.

We can help after a motorcycle collision by:

  • Providing a free consultation to discuss your legal right to compensation
  • Taking the pressure off of you by preparing and filing your insurance claim and negotiating aggressively to settle your case
  • Using our extensive courtroom experience to advocate for your interests if your case does not settle

Motorcycle accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that can change your life forever. To learn about the compensation you can seek after your motorcycle crash, contact Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation today.

How Many People Get Injured in Motorcycle Accidents in Portland, Oregon?

According to the 2020 Oregon Crash Summary, Portland had 93 motorcycle accidents. This number included two pedestrian accidents, two bicycle accidents, four truck accidents, and two bus accidents. Seventeen of these crashes were single-motorcycle accidents, and 76 were multi-vehicle collisions.

These crashes included:

  • Eight fatal crashes
  • 66 injury crashes
  • 19 property-damage-only (PDO) crashes

These numbers give an injury rate of 79.6%. In other words, nearly 80% of Portland motorcycle accidents in 2020 caused at least one fatal or non-fatal injury.

Once you account for all accident victims, nine people suffered fatal injuries, and 77 suffered non-fatal injuries. These numbers included one pedestrian killed, one pedestrian injured, and two cyclists injured.

Single-motorcycle accidents in Portland killed four and injured 24. Another five motorcyclists died, and 53 were injured in multi-vehicle collisions.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycles require skill and balance to ride safely. When a collision happens, the rider could lose their balance and tip the motorcycle over. Since motorcycles lack seat belts, riders can also get ejected. The motorcyclist could get injured in the initial collision with the vehicle or the subsequent impact on the ground.

Some common motorcycle accident injuries include:

Leg Injuries

In a past study of motorcycle crash injuries, between 55% and 59% of motorcyclists injured their lower extremities. 

Those injuries affected the: 

  • Toes
  • Feet
  • Ankles 
  • Legs 
  • Knees
  • Hips

These injuries make sense. The Oregon Crash Summary shows that nearly 62% of motorcycle crashes in 2020 were angle collisions. In an angle collision, the motorcycle gets hit on its side. This causes the motorcycle to tip over.

The motorcyclist’s leg could get crushed in the fall. And if the motorcycle slides, the rider’s leg could get caught under the motorcycle, causing:

  • Burns
  • Road rash
  • Bone fractures
  • Soft tissue injuries to the ankle, knee, or leg muscles

These injuries may require expensive medical treatment, including surgery. And during this treatment, accident victims may not be able to stand or walk on their injured legs.

Arm and Shoulder Injuries

Upper extremity injuries were the second most common motorcycle crash injury. Between 48% and 52% of motorcycle crash victims suffered injuries to the:

  • Fingers 
  • Hands 
  • Wrists
  • Arms
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders

These injuries can happen when a motorcycle goes into a slide. The rider’s upper body can slam into the ground and get dragged across the pavement.

Upper limb injuries can also happen when a rider gets ejected from their motorcycle. As you fly through the air, you will instinctively reach out with your arms to catch yourself. When you hit the ground, the impact could break your wrists or arms.

Head and Face Injuries

Head and face injuries are the third-most common motorcycle crash injury. But the likelihood of suffering these injuries typically depends on whether you wore a helmet during your crash.

Oregon has a universal helmet law that requires all operators and passengers to wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet reduces your chances of a head injury by as much as 69%.

Some common head injuries include:

  • Fractured skull
  • Lacerated scalp
  • Concussion
  • Facial fracture
  • Tooth loss

Any brain injury more serious than a concussion could produce permanent brain damage, coma, or death. For example, a cerebral contusion, diffuse axonal injury, or subdural hematoma could deprive your brain of oxygen, produce swelling, or even tear the brain tissue.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Portland Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

A motorcycle accident can leave you with painful injuries that disable you from earning a living. At Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ve recovered millions in compensation for accident victims in Oregon. Our clients come first, and if we don’t win your case, you pay us no fee.

Contact Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation to discuss your motorcycle accident and the compensation you can seek for your injuries today.

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