Motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence on the road. Unfortunately, these accidents often result in serious injuries for the rider. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. The sooner you receive treatment, the better your chances of making a full recovery.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence, contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. today. Our lawyers understand that recovering from an accident can be overwhelming, especially when suffering from a serious injury. We are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation! We’ll fight for the justice you deserve.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Several different injuries can be sustained in a motorcycle accident. Some of these injuries are minor, while others can be quite serious. In some cases, surgery may be required to correct the damage. Some of the most common injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are caused when a significant force is exerted on the brain. As a result of such force, your brain can strike the inside of your skull, causing a brain injury. This is why it is important for motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. Helmets are the first line of defense in protecting against head and neck injuries.
Broken bones are fairly common in motorcycle crashes. Depending on the severity of your break, you may need surgery or other medical treatment to repair your bone. In severe cases, broken bones can lead to long-term disabilities.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a column of nerves that runs through the center of your back and sends signals from your brain to the rest of your body. It also has many nerve cells, called neurons, which control various breathing and heart rate functions. Injuries to the spine can result in paralysis or other serious impairments. If you have sustained a spinal cord injury, it is important to seek medical attention right away.
Road rash is another common injury sustained in motorcycle accidents. This occurs when the skin comes into contact with the pavement. Road rash can range from mild to severe, depending on the depth of the wound. Road rash can lead to infection if not properly treated in some cases.
Practice Motorcycle Safety
Of course, practicing safe riding habits is the best way to avoid sustaining an injury in a motorcycle accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of motorcycle riders experiencing a head injury by 69%.
You should also wear other protective gear such as gloves or riding jackets. Be sure to obey all traffic laws and pay attention to your surroundings. Taking these precautions can help reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.
Long-Term Consequences of Motorcycle Crash Injuries
While some motorcycle accident injuries may heal with time, others can lead to long-term consequences. For example, head injuries can result in cognitive impairments, or a spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek medical attention and consult with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and options.
Can I File a Claim for Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Accident?
You might be able to sue for motorcycle crash injuries if the accident that caused your injury was someone else’s fault.
To determine whether you have a case, it is important to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can review the facts of your situation and advise you on your best course of action. If you decide to file a claim, your attorney will help you collect evidence to support your claim and negotiate with the other driver’s insurer for fair compensation.
What Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Do For You
The Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have a proven track record of success in helping clients obtain the maximum compensation possible for injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others. Our firm has consistently demonstrated we have the expertise needed to help our clients see that justice is served. We have the resources needed to conduct thorough investigations of all the circumstances contributing to a motorcycle accident, gathering evidence to establish liability and negligence.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has achieved more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience. Two of our partners are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our firm has also earned the highest AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most respected attorney-ranking service organizations in the United States. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. attorneys work passionately on behalf of our clients to help them secure fair compensation – there is no type of case that is too complex for us to litigate.
Damages Motorcycle Accident Victims Can Recover
You may be entitled to recover damages if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. The exact nature of the damages will depend on the facts of your case. However, some of the most common types of damages that are awarded in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek legal help right away.
We Recover the Maximum Amount Available to You
For more than 50 years, the Washington DC lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have successfully represented individuals and families who have been injured or lost loved ones as the result of someone else’s negligence. Here is a small sample of some of our successful verdicts and settlements:
- $3.5 million for a man who suffered a brain injury when a District of Columbia police officer opened his door into traffic and “doored” him.
- $6 million on behalf of a man who suffered a brain injury as a result of a rear-end collision.
- $5 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a 14-year-old client who suffered a severe brain injury as a result of a doctor’s inappropriate use of a chemical product.
- $4.8 million on behalf of a severely injured man when his motorcycle struck a trailer being pulled by a minivan.
- $4.5 million for a woman who was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident after being struck from behind by a transit bus in a crosswalk.
- $600,000 verdict was obtained against the United States Postal Service due to the negligence of one of its drivers, who pulled out from a stop side in front of our client’s motorcycle.
See additional examples of our case victories and settlements on our “Case Results” page.
Contact a DC Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you are looking for the highest level of representation available for your motorcycle accident claim, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
We work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered, but our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed. Call (202) 659-8600 or contact us online to get the proven legal representation you deserve.