Should I Seek Medical Care After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, seeking out immediate emergency medical attention is recommended. Some injuries are apparent right away, while others might not be. The adrenaline resulting from an accident can mask over pain that would signal injuries, and some injuries have delayed symptoms that might develop over the coming days.
After the accident, listen to emergency medical personnel about the treatment they recommend. Even if you do not feel that you need ambulance transportation, you would be wise to get checked out right after your motorcycle accident just to make sure you do not have any hidden injuries. You are far more likely to be injured in a motorcycle accident than a car accident since you don’t have a protected shell surrounding you.
After being evaluated by medical professionals, reach out to a Forsyth County motorcycle accident attorney to explore your options on how to be compensated for your damages.
Common Injuries to Motorcyclists
Being in a motor vehicle accident of any kind can cause significant injuries. With a motorcycle, the effect of the collision can be even more substantial given the lack of a steel chassis surrounding the motorcyclist and the benefit of a seat belt and other safety features. This can lead to multiple serious traumatic injuries.
Some common injuries can include:
- Fractures and compound fractures
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Friction burns and lacerations a/k/a road rash
These injuries are often obvious immediately following the crash, and you should always get the medical treatment you need immediately.
Some Injuries Take Time to Emerge
Some motorcyclists might not have immediately apparent injuries, so they might write off any soreness or feeling “out of it” as natural reactions to a traumatic event. However, these could be initial signs of a serious injury that emerges with time.
Ongoing soreness after an accident or numbness and tingling may be indicative of significant neck or back spinal injuries. Damage to the nerves in your neck and back may initially be masked over. This underscores the importance of seeking medical attention not only immediately after your motorcycle accident, but also in the following days in case any conditions evolved into something worse and long-term.
Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are also injuries that might not be readily identifiable. The symptoms of a concussion can be less obvious than those of a more severe TBI, and they can include confusion or disorientation, headache, or changes in behavior like depression or fatigue. If you have experienced even minor changes in your behavior following a motorcycle accident, do not discount them as “normal” reactions. It is important that you seek out medical attention to determine whether you might have a more significant injury in need of additional medical attention.
Connect with a Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
The extent of injuries from motorcycle accidents can vary widely, and medical attention to address any injuries in need of immediate care is essential. If someone else caused your crash, they should also be responsible for all of your medical expenses, so you do not need to worry about the cost of getting the care you need. Contact us at Banks, Stubbs, and McFarland to discuss your case for free.