Guilty Plea in 2016 Biloxi Motorcycle Accident That Left Rider Seriously Injured
A Harrison County judge imposed a 25 year prison term in the matter of a man whose drunk driving led to a Biloxi motorcycle accident in January 2016. The offender had a blood alcohol content of .20 percent, nearly three times Mississippi’s legal limit. Though he claims that he may have blacked out before the collision, witnesses say that his car turned in front of the motorcycle and struck it; upon impact, the rider was thrown into the air and landed on the pavement. According to the Sun Herald, the motorcyclist was left unconscious and with life-threatening injuries, including a broken hip, neck fracture, compound fractures, and a collapsed lung. Motorcycle injuries tend to be quite serious, as there is no metal box or safety restraint to protect the rider.
Among the most common injuries from motorcycle accidents are head injuries; unfortunately, they can also be the most severe. Ranging from a minor concussion to serious traumatic brain injury (TBI), the effects of a head injury include difficulty concentrating, headaches, memory loss, effects on motor skills, and cognitive problems. While your skull provides some protection against impact, it can be cracked or damaged, causing trauma to the brain. A helmet can help, and Mississippi law requires all motorcyclists to wear one. However, a helmet cannot provide total protection against injury.
Spinal Cord Trauma
When a motorcycle accident leads to spinal cord damage, the victim faces an uphill battle to recovery. The bones and tissues of the spine are essential for communicating the brain’s messages to the rest of the body. Injuries to the spine can lead to permanent health conditions, such as quadriplegia or paraplegia.
Unique to motorcycle accidents, road rash occurs when a rider skids across the pavement after the impact of a collision. The resulting scrapes on the exposed skin resemble a rash. However, the injury is more severe than that; it’s an acutely painful abrasion that can actually lead to permanent issues, including infections and nerve damage.
The legs, feet, knees, and ankles are the closest to the ground in a motorcycle crash, exposing the lower extremities to injury. A collision can result in bone fractures, torn ligaments, and severe bruising. Temporary or permanent disabilities are common, especially when surgery is necessary. In the most severe cases, a victim may be unable to regain the ability to walk again.
Biloxi Attorneys Fighting for Victims in Motorcycle Accidents
Riders involved in motorcycle accidents suffer some of the most serious injuries, even life-threatening as in the case of the motorcyclist in the January 2016 crash.. Often times injuries last years after the accident and may require multiple future medical expenses and/or surgeries. Those injured in these types of incidents do have rights under Mississippi law, and may be able to recover damages for their losses. To hear more about your options if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, MS. Our attorneys can answer your questions or set up a case assessment.