With no real exterior protection, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident. Some crash-related injuries—such as nerve damage—can have long-lasting negative effects and may even leave motorcycle accident victims with permanent disabilities.
The Human Body Has Three Types of Nerves
There are three types of nerves that can be found in the human body. The following is a brief overview:
- Autonomic nerves, which control involuntary and partially voluntary bodily functions, such as temperature regulation, heart rate, digestion, and blood pressure.
- Motor nerves, which control body movements.
- Sensory nerves, which allow the body to feel pain and other sensations.
When a motorcyclist sustains a nerve injury, it can prevent the affected part (or parts) of the body from effectively relaying messages to the brain—and vice versa. This can cause a number of devastating symptoms, including:
- Burning sensations
- Muscle weakness, twitching, spasms, or atrophy
- Sensitivity, numbness, or tingling of the skin
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Sweating too much—or too little
Road rash and rider's arm are two of the most common types of nerve damage associated with motorcycle accidents. Caused by the skin skidding across the surface of concrete or asphalt, road rash scrapes away layers of skin and muscles, and can also result in traumatic nerve damage. Rider's arm occurs when a motorcycle falls on top of its rider, causing a severe nerve injury. Though it's called rider's “arm,” this type of nerve injury can affect legs as well.
Seek Help from a Delaware Motorcycle Attorney Now
If you sustained road rash, biker's arm, or another form of nerve damage in a Wilmington, Delaware motorcycle accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. The knowledgeable attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can help you fight for the financial recovery you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a complimentary initial case consultation.