Last week in Connecticut a motorcylist was injured in a truck accident when a tractor-trailer made a left hand in front of the oncoming motorcyclist. Surprisingly, the motorcyclist was not killed, as is so often the case in the wrongful death motorcycle accidents that we have covered in several of our other motorcycle accident blog postings. However, he did suffer several serious injuries including broken bones, which the news story states were not life threatening and that he is expected to recover from.While it is a good thing that this accident did not end up a fatality like so many others, the news story is probably selling short the long-term impact that this accident will have on this injured motorcyclist. The story states that he was thrown from his bike after being hit by the tractor trailer. It is a pretty safe bet that as in so many other man-meets-pavement accidents, he has some significant fractures.As experienced Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers, one thing that we are careful to recognize in every case is the long-term effects that any injury is likely to produce:
- Is the victim more susceptible to developing arthritis or have ongoing disability from the injury?
- Will it require future medical care, such as a joint replacement in the future? What are the medical costs associated with that?
- Will this injury have a negative impact for the client’s ability to pursue work in his ior her chosen line of work? Will it shorten work life expectancy?
These are imoprtant questions which deserve careful consideration in any Chicago motorcycle accident suit.