Driving Miami roads can be a bit hectic, especially if you ride a motorcycle. Miami motorcycle injuries and fatalities have been steadily increasing over the past few years. Drivers need to be more aware of the cyclists around them. Common injuries from Miami motorcycle accidents can vary depending on the situation, but here are a few that we’ve seen pass through our doors.
Fractures account for just over 67 percent of non-fatal motorcycle accident injuries in the Miami area. Although most Miami motorcycle injuries occur in the lower extremities, common fractures for cyclists can happen in the wrists that are called distal radial fractures. There are two types of these fractures: Colle’s fracture (when the injury is pointed outward) and Smith’s fracture (when the injury is pointed inward). If left untreated, it can result in a broken wrist.
Injuries to internal organs account for 23 percent of Miami-area motorcycle injuries. One of the more severe problems arising from this is internal bleeding, which is caused by trauma to the affected area. Internal bleeding can occur in any part of the body. Failure to stop the bleeding, whether through negligence or lack of knowledge of the injury, can cause further damage to organs and may result in death from cardiac arrest.
Burns and Wounds
Burns from motorcycle accidents, more commonly referred to as road rash, are nothing to laugh about. Motorcycle accidents can cause injuries with up to third-degree burns from high-speed contact with paved roads. However, cyclists can also experience injuries if they are exposed to fire during or after the crash, such as when a car has caught fire, and they are nearby. Exposure to fire or hot metal can result in up to fourth or fifth-degree burns, and can even result in death.
20 percent of Miami motorcycle injuries are related to traumatic brain injury. Cases have differed in severity, and most occurred because the rider wasn’t wearing a helmet. The repeal of the Miami-Dade area helmet law has resulted in a dramatic increase in motorcycle-related crash fatalities. In the first year of the law’s repeal, brain injuries more than doubled. The State of Florida accounts for 9% of all motorcycle-related deaths in the United States and has since increased that number with the repeal of the helmet law.
What To Do If You’re Injured
Common injuries from Miami motorcycle accidents sometimes require legal council, which Lavent Law is prepared to provide. You can set up a consultation with us by using our contact form or calling us at our helpline (305) 440-0450. No matter what type of injury you have, don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment if necessary. Your life and health are important not only to us but your loved ones as well.