According to the proverb, to understand how it feels to be someone else, you should walk a mile in their shoes. Yet, drivers do not need to hobble a mile on a motorcyclist’s crutches to understand the effects a crash will have on a rider they hit.
For a motorcyclist to need crutches, they need to survive the crash. Unfortunately, they often do not, and over 500 motorcyclists die on Florida’s roads each year.
Injuries to any body part in a motorcycle crash can have serious effects
Here are some of the ways an injury to a particular body part could affect you:
- Legs and feet: You might need temporary crutches, walk with a limp or need a wheelchair for the rest of your life. It could affect your ability to play sports or do your job.
- Head and neck: Damage to your body’s control center could provoke disability. It could harm your sight or vision, leave you with years of pain or significantly alter your appearance.
- Upper trunk: You could suffer lung damage making breathing inefficient and painful. Vigorous exercise may become a thing of the past.
- Lower trunk: A crash could affect your ability to have children or enjoy intimate relationships.
- Arms and hands: Breaks can leave you needing help to bathe or cook. Many jobs require you to use your hands, as do many hobbies.
If a driver knocks you off your motorcycle, it is crucial to understand what they were thinking in the moments leading up to the crash. Perhaps they were thinking they were going to be late and so speeding? Or maybe they were thinking about the person they were talking to on the phone? If they were thinking about the harm they could cause a motorcyclist, they would have acted differently, and you would not need compensation for your injuries.