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5 Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Riders have very little protecting them when crashes happen. In fact, regardless of the safety gear a motorcyclist may be wearing, the force of a collision can cause serious injuries – especially if larger, heavier vehicles were involved in the accident.

When injured in a motorcycle accident, the most important steps for a rider to take will be to:

  • Get immediate medical attention
  • If possible, make sure the police accurately record the rider’s side of the story
  • Consult an attorney, once your health is stable, to find out more about your legal options for recovery.

At Dormer Harpring, our lawyers are ready to help injured people get onto the path to recovery following a motorcycle accident. We are committed to providing compassionate, personalized service, and we will go the extra mile to handle your legal claims so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal.

Most Common Types of Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

The specific types of injuries caused by a motorcycle accident can vary according to:

  • The point of impact
  • The speed at which vehicles were traveling immediately before the collision
  • The size and weight of any of the other involved vehicles (when motorcycle accidents involve at least one other vehicle)
  • Whether riders were wearing any safety gear.

Generally, however, the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries include (and are not limited to):

  • Head and/or brain injuries, which can cause physical complications (like headaches and loss of consciousness), as well as cognitive problems (such as speech, perception, and communication issues) – In fact, motor vehicle crashes, including motorcycle accidents, are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the U.S., and they account for nearly 15 percent of all new TBI cases diagnosed each year.1
  • Back and/or spinal cord injuries, which can result in long-term or permanent impairments that can limit mobility – While the back and spinal cord injuries can include disc ruptures and nerve damage, in the most severe cases, they can cause paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia).
  • Bone fractures, which can impact nearly any part of the body and can result in long-term chronic pain and other health complications (depending on where the fracture occurs) – Bone fractures are commonly coupled with severe bruising, lacerations, swelling, and intense pain.
  • Psychological injuries, which can be both profound and lasting – The mental impacts of motorcycle accidents can result in serious issues like anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Ongoing therapy and other treatments may be necessary to deal with such persisting and debilitating psychological impacts.
  • Fatal injuries, the impacts of which can be devastating for surviving loved ones.

Contact a Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney at Dormer Harpring

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one to a fatal motorcycle crash, contact a Denver motorcycle accident attorney at Dormer Harpring for unique representation as you get onto the path to recovery.

You can call us at (303) 747-4404 or email us via the contact form on this page. Our commitment to representing people from all walks of life means that we never charge for a consultation and that our legal fees are “contingent,” meaning they’re based only on the amount we recover.

From offices based in Denver, our lawyers provide exceptional representation to people throughout Denver County, Adams County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and the state of Colorado.


1: According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)