Riding a motorcycle is a thrilling and exhilarating experience, but it’s important to know that there are risks involved. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, and they can be really serious, sometimes causing life-changing injuries like losing an arm. In North Carolina, motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause really bad injuries that might lead to amputation. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) 2021 report, it was found that there were 3,613 motorcycle accidents, which is higher compared to the previous year’s count of 3,306 accidents in 2020.
During a motorcycle accident, a person’s arm can get trapped in the wreckage or twisted really hard, causing really bad fractures. If the bone breaks through the skin, it’s called a compound fracture, which can lead to infections and might need amputation if the damage is too severe to fix. Arm fractures tend to be really complicated, and the damage to the soft tissues can make the need for amputation more likely.
Motorcycle accidents often happen because of high speeds and the strong impact when a collision occurs. When a motorcyclist gets into an accident, they are much more vulnerable than people in cars because they don’t have any protection around them. This means their arms can get hurt really badly, either by hitting other vehicles or objects or by hitting the road itself. If the impact is really strong, it can cause really serious damage to the arm, like crushing it or completely cutting it off.
It’s imperative for motorcyclists to wear the right protective gear to lower the risk of getting hurt badly. This means wearing gears such as helmets, jackets, gloves, and arm protection. Without the proper gear, the chances of getting injuries that might need amputation go up a lot if there’s a motorcycle accident.
A lot of motorcycle accidents happen because drivers aren’t paying attention or aren’t being careful on the road. Sometimes, drivers are distracted by their phones, changing the radio or doing other things while driving, so they don’t see motorcycles around them. This can cause accidents where the motorcyclist’s arm gets hit really hard or crushed, leading to the need for amputation.
These accidents can also cause severe injuries to the blood vessels in the arm, making it hard for blood to flow properly. If the major blood vessels in the arm get damaged, it can cause the tissues to not get enough blood, leading to tissue death. If doctors can’t fix the blood flow problem, they might have to amputate the arm to prevent more complications and keep the person healthy.
Crushing injuries are common in motorcycle accidents, especially when a person’s arm gets stuck between the motorcycle and something else. These injuries can cause a lot of harm to the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues in the arm. Another type of injury called degloving can happen as well, where the skin and tissues get ripped off the arm. Both crushing injuries and degloving injuries can be really traumatic and might require amputation in some cases.
If you or a loved one has been severely injured, don’t delay – call (800) 529-0804 right now for a free consultation with an expert personal injury lawyer specializing in amputation injuries. When dealing with a stressful situation, you need a knowledgeable team to guide you through the recovery process. Contact Tatum & Atkinson, PLLC right away! There is no obligation, and it will not cost you anything to learn about your legal possibilities for pursuing compensation.