When a motorcyclist is involved in a crash, it’s likely they’ll suffer serious injuries. One of the most common is a wrist injury. Because the rider grips the handlebars more tightly when they anticipate a crash, the wrist will absorb the shock and likely break due to the force of the impact, or the wrist will bend unnaturally while the rider is holding on so tightly. Additionally, if the rider gets ejected, they may put down a hand to brace themselves when hitting the pavement, ultimately breaking a wrist. Our Florida motorcycle accident attorney explains the types of wrist injuries a rider can suffer and the steps they should take after the accident. Wrist injuries on a motorcycle

Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause a Serious Wrist Injury

Nearly 20% of those involved in a car crash will suffer serious injuries or death. However, approximately 80% of motorcycle drivers will be seriously injured when they’re involved in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a passenger in a motorcycle accident is 26 times more likely to be killed than if they were riding in a vehicle.

While many motorcycle crashes can result in catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, crash victims can suffer non-life-threatening injuries that are still severe, especially to their wrists.

Common Wrist Injuries in a Florida Motorcycle Accident 

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve damage
  • Tendon or ligament tears
  • Amputation

While many motorcycle wrist injuries may heal on their own with conservative treatment, many that are more severe may require surgery and can cause long-term pain and disability. Those who sustain a wrist injury may need to wear a wrist brace, making it difficult to engage in activities they once enjoyed.

Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you get medical attention right away. Even if there are no visible signs of injury or if you feel okay after the accident, there may be underlying health issues that need attention right away. Once your health has been taken care of, there are other steps to take that can help protect your right to compensation:

  • Call 911. After an accident, it is essential to contact law enforcement and file a police report. Be sure to obtain a copy since it can be used to support your injury claim.
  • Preserve evidence. If you are able to stay at the scene of the crash, gather evidence that can be used to prove negligence. This can include photos of the accident scene and contact information for any eyewitnesses or other drivers involved in the crash.
  • Avoid insurance adjusters. Soon after the accident, you may get calls from insurance adjusters. You are not required to give a recorded statement and may want to avoid talking to them without legal assistance. They may pressure you to settle your case for less than it is worth.
  • Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer. Seek legal advice from a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer who specializes in this area of law. A lawyer can explain the steps to take to file a claim for compensation due to your wrist injury. They will also help ensure your rights are protected throughout your case.

How a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help

A qualified motorcycle accident lawyer will review all aspects of your claim and determine if you are able to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. They can also advise you about possible compensation for motorcycle accident wrist injuries.

Potential Damages

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering

Contact Us

If you injure your wrist in a Florida motorcycle accident, contact Browning Law today for help. There are never any legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule an appointment, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call our office at 850-344-1736