Motorcycle crashes often look like fatalities. If you’ve ever driven past one, it’s likely that there were fire trucks, police SUVs, and possibly curtains blocking the scene. But the sight of a mangled bike and a hardly dented car is enough to make most people assume the worst. Stunningly, motorcycle crash victims often recover and recover quickly. It’s a miraculous journey from able-bodied, to trauma victim, to something else entirely.
While some segments here are shared stories or experiences, your own story will likely be very different. Take from this that there are many victims of motorcycle accidents out there in the world that learn to take on life again.
Progress Might Be Faster Than You Expect for Motorcycle Victims
One motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and experienced a head injury as well as facial disfigurement. That was back in the 1970s, and decades later, you would never have known that he was in a crash, much less that he experienced extensive injuries. Dave’s facial hair covers most of the damage, and a hat covers the scars from brain surgery.
The miraculous thing with Dave’s story isn’t that he survived a motorcycle crash with a pick-up truck on a left turn. It’s that within the year, he was back on a bike, although this time, with a helmet. He worked with doctors and on his own to rebuild the habits he’d lost. He had to learn to write again, to open doors. But, he did it, and he did it with alarming speed.
It’s unknown if this phenomenon with motorcycle crash survivors has something to do with personality or is simple tenacity. But when you start talking to survivors, many marvels at how quickly they recovered. Dave even noted that he knew people who took longer to recover from a less-severe car accident.
You Learn The True Capabilities of The Human Body
Jason McVicar has become basically an advocate for helmets after he survived a crash at over 200 MPH. The survival of this particular crash was definitely due to equipment. But the human body’s ability to recover is astounding.
Although it takes work with speech, cognitive, and even behavioral therapy, there are many high-functioning motorcycle crash survivors. People who have survived crash that if you met for the first time today, you would never have known were in a wreck. A lot of this recovery success attributes to the aggressive nature of therapy groups. Often motorcycle wreck victims will work with a medical team. That team will include their doctors, physical therapists, and other therapists. It can include an orthopedic specialist and other specialists based on your needs.
The point is that the medical staff work together for one vision of full recovery. That’s a drastically different approach than car accidents. Typically in an auto crash, you have a doctor and a surgeon and then some recovery therapy, all of which are disjointed. Joanna’s miraculous recovery was largely in part to her medical team working together and having a plan for a full recovery.
How Do Motorcycle Victims Survive the Medical Debt Along With The Trauma?
Medical debt is severe. Imagine spending two-months in a coma. In Virginia, the average night in a hospital can run $2,680. Then you have other expenses, surgery, therapy, medication, additional treatments, follow-up care. It’s likely that when you get home, you may need a nurse for home care or medical transport to get to therapy.
Really the only way to handle this debt is to take action against the responsible driver. Not only should their policy cover your medical debt, but also your pain and suffering. The time you lost at work, the missed career opportunities, and the missed life events.
Reaching Out To The Right Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Each crash is different, especially when you’re looking at motorcycle accidents. A generally low-speed collision that might be nothing more than a fender bender with two vehicles could leave you in a body cast. Standard vehicle drivers and truckers often put the bulk of the responsibility for safety on motorcyclists. While everyone is certainly in charge of their own safety, motorcycle riders are more likely to fall prey to someone failing to provide a duty of care.
If you were on your bike, and then suddenly everything went black. Maybe you woke up to that line, that’s all too familiar with crash victims, “Don’t move, you were in an accident.” Whatever the case, call CAIL of Virginia Beach. Our motorcycle accident law firm can take the stress of managing a financial recovery while you focus on your health instead. Contact CAIL now.
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