Many Massachusetts motorcyclists are holding on to the last of the great riding days that remain before winter sets in, but the rides themselves may not always be as relaxing as these bikers hope. As has been discussed on this blog before, these riders are, sadly, often put at risk of harm by other motorists. When a motorcycle accident occurs, the results can be tragic.
Yet, even relatively minor injuries can significantly impact a victim's life. A broken leg, for example, can leave a victim in the hospital for days and force him or her to go through lengthy rehabilitation. He or she may also miss work due to the injury, resulting in lost wages. The true extent of the harm is often determined by the severity of the injury.
Just as with any other injury, a broken leg can vary in its severity. Sometimes a broken leg can be treated utilizing a splint or a cast, whereas in other instances it is necessary to have an operation to implant a medical device that will ensure proper bone alignment during healing. Depending on the severity of the injury, a victim may be facing thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of dollars in additional damages.
Those who suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident that is caused by a negligent driver should fully consider their legal options, as a successful lawsuit may bring a victim compensation that can help cover his or her losses. It might also help deter drivers from acting negligently and put a stop to lower extremity injuries, like broken legs, which are far too common amongst motorcyclists.
Source: Mayo Clinic, "Broken leg" accessed on Oct. 23, 2015