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Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable drivers on Orlando roadways and interstates, especially because wearing a helmet is optional for bikers in Florida over the age of 21. Wearing a helmet is the number one way to prevent a brain injury during a motorcycle accident. Bikers don’t have the protection of cars and commercial trucks, and so, when a crash inevitably occurs, the motorcyclist is likely the one facing lifelong disability due to a catastrophic injury.
The term “catastrophic injury” is used when an injury has permanent, disabling qualities. The most common catastrophic injuries caused by motorcycle accidents include:
- Brain Injuries: Open-head and closed-head are the two types of brain injuries. If you’re not wearing a helmet, you’re more likely to have an open-head injury because your skull is vulnerable to debris. However, even with a helmet, you can suffer a closed-head injury due to the force of the impact and the movement of your brain. Brain injuries can forever change who you are and may leave you unable to speak, hear and recall memories, among other symptoms.
- Burn Injuries: You’ve probably heard of road rash, but it’s more severe than you may realize. Road rash can scrape off several layers of skin, put you at risk of infection, and may require a long hospital stay for recovery. Burn injuries from a motorcycle accident could also involve a leaking gas tank or mechanical fire. Severe burns can cause permanent disfigurement and loss of sensation.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: These injuries can leave you with partial or full paralysis, meaning you have some feeling and mobility below the site of injury or none at all. Spinal cord injuries can leave you permanently disabled and in need of a wheelchair and home modifications.
Our attorneys in Orlando have helped many clients and their families recover compensation for permanent bodily damage such as brain, burn and spinal cord injuries. We can help you reach the highest settlement possible to cover the lifelong costs of your medical care, physical therapy and so on. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter is a well-known law firm known for our successful verdicts and settlements.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, call our attorneys in Orlando today at (407) 712-7300 for a FREE consultation. We serve clients in Orlando, Florida and nationwide.