Since there are no airbags or a protective chassis on a motorcycle, when an accident occurs, the rider can face a large range of problems that are more severe then they would be if the vehicle being driven was a car or other 4 wheeled alternatives. When you consider that there is also no seat belt on a motorcycle, it is easy to understand how much more damaging an accident can be for a motorcycle rider. Included among the range of injuries likely to occur from a motorcycle accident are:
- Spinal Injuries
- Broken bones
- Fractured Bones
- Brain Injuries and Head injuries
- Muscle and tissue damage
- Deep cuts and burns to skin
- Psychological problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, mood swings, breathing difficulties and fearfulness.
Rehabilitating from a Motorbike Injury
Whenever an accident occurs that involves a motorcycle, the rider will have a far greater chance of being hurt than the driver of the opposite vehicle simply because they are so exposed to the damage. The need for physical rehabilitation for a motorbike injury is important for two main reasons. The rider will be able to gain their health back faster through the introduction of ongoing rehabilitation, the extent of which is determined by the severity of their injuries. That does not mean all injuries can be healed; sometimes the best that can be accomplished through rehabilitation is gaining the best range of movement available under the circumstances, which can be far from what the rider had prior to the accident.
This brings the second factor in to play; when a rider is not able to fully heal after rehabilitation due to a motorcycle accident, they will need to show in medical terms what damage has been created. The medical professionals which run rehabilitation services are therefore crucial for showing what level of damage occurred and the long-term effects of this damage. At Smith Jones Solicitors we understand that this information is central to any claim which arises from a motorcycle accident.
It is important to note that in up to 80% of the motorcycle accidents which happen on the UK roads annually, the other vehicle is at fault and not the rider of the motorcycle. This disproportionate blame brings rise to many valid personal injury claims on the part of the innocent motorcycle rider.
Costs relating to rehabilitation can be covered by any claim, so it should not be a primary concern when seeking out help after an accident. However, it is advisable to first talk to the insurance company of the person at fault to gain consent for rehabilitation. Once the insured person admits to or is found to be at fault, this will be agreed quickly. Medical professionals recommend starting with rehabilitation at the earliest possible point, for the best chance of recuperation. Among the type of recommendations that will be made to the injured party during rehabilitation include the ongoing care for the individual as well as any alterations that would need to be made at their home to accommodate their injury. This could range from the installation of a lift or chair elevator to a ground floor bedroom and bathroom extension. If the injured party must be in a wheelchair, either temporarily or permanently, accommodations to the home such as a ramp or door widening might also be required. If the injured person faces the loss of a limb, a prosthetic limb can be determined to be a requirement by rehabilitation professionals.
Even though the idea of attending a rehabilitation service after a motorcycle accident or road traffic collision might not sound like fun, it is most certainly necessary. Both in terms of gaining better function physically to filing a personal injury claim, the role of the rehabilitation professional is central. Where there is a need to spend money to make changes at home due to the injury or to regain mobility at some level, the input of the rehabilitated professional holds weight with any court deciding the level of damages to be awarded in a motorbike accident compensation claim.