It doesn’t take a safety expert to recognize that motorcycles lack many of the safety features provided by passenger vehicles. Seat belts, airbags and framework meant to reduce the force of impact can all save a motorist’s life, but motorcyclists in Massachusetts and nationwide forego these features. There’s nothing wrong with that, except for when a negligent driver causes a motorcycle accident. The victim in such an instance can suffer serious injuries that can have a life-long impact.

One common type of injury suffered in a motorcycle accident is soft tissue injury. This type of harm is referred to as “soft” because it affects the areas of the body that are not bone. In other words, soft tissue injuries often involve damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments. Common soft tissue injuries include strains, contusions and sprains.

However, soft tissue injuries can be much more severe. Ligaments and tendons can be torn, muscles can be ripped and road rash and whiplash can occur. In these instances, a victim may need significant medical care. Additionally, he or she may suffer an excessive amount of pain and suffering. To top it off, he or she will likely be dealt a financial blow when medical expenses become due and he or she has lost wages because of an inability to work. Such hardship can be stressful and overwhelming.

Relief may be found, though. By pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the individual who caused the accident a victim may be able to seek compensation for his or her damages. In order to succeed, he or she must satisfactorily prove negligence and causation, two relatively complicated legal principles. However, an attorney may be able to help him or her develop a strong case.

Source: FindLaw, “Soft Tissue Injuries Caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents,” accessed on Aug. 27, 2016