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Facial Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

By Matt Lalande in Hamilton Motorcycle Accident Lawyers, Motorcycle Accidents on August 12, 2022

Facial Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can cause severe facial injuries that can sometimes be life-threatening. These injuries can result in permanent scarring and damage that require extensive specialized treatments. The medical costs associated with these procedures can be steep, and the victim may require facial reconstructive surgery to deal with structural damage.

Full-face helmets have been known to reduce the risk of motorcycle riders and passengers sustaining facial injuries in bike accidents. Even then, failing to wear one doesn’t preclude you from seeking compensation for your injuries if they were the result of the negligent actions of the at-fault driver.

A Hamilton motorcycle accident lawyer can work with you to recover damages for your injuries. This guide takes an in-depth look at the types of facial injuries caused by motorcycle accidents and the damages you can recover from the negligent party.

Common Facial Injuries Cause by Motorcycle Collisions

Scarring is generally considered a cosmetic issue. On the other hand, facial injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents are more serious. Below is an overview of some of the common ones sustained by victims of motorcycle collisions.

Facial Fractures – when the impact from a motorcycle collision causes one or more bones in the face to break, what you have is a facial fracture. The intense pressure from penetrating and blunt force trauma can cause the bones in the face to fracture. The symptoms of facial fracture can vary depending on the affected bone, such as:

  • Cheekbones
  • Frontal bone
  • Mandible
  • Nasal bones
  • Orbital bones
  • Upper jawbones

If you experience piercing or radiating pain in your face after a motorcycle crash, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible to determine whether you have a facial fracture. While some fractures are minor, complex ones can damage the nerves. In severe cases, they can be life-threatening.

Facial Lacerations – Lacerations are deep cuts or tears in the skin or flesh. Road rash and the impact of debris on the face in a motorcycle accident can lead to facial lacerations. These can include severe abrasions, also known as hematomas.

Depending on the point and force of impact, a facial laceration may result in minor soft tissue injury, which can easily be treated using home remedies.

On the other hand, severe facial lacerations can cause continuous bleeding and require medical attention from a qualified healthcare practitioner. Failure to get prompt medical treatment can cause significant complications, including infection.

Broken Jaw – The sheer force of the impact from a motorcycle accident can cause blunt and penetrating force trauma to the upper jawbone or mandible, causing them to fracture. This condition is referred to as a broken jaw. If you experience one or more of the symptoms listed below, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible.

  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Difficulty speaking, chewing, swallowing, or breathing
  • Inability to open or close the mouth fully
  • Numbness in the face
  • Widespread bruising of the cheek or jaw

Jaw Dislocation – The force of impact from a motorcycle accident can cause misalignment of the lower jawbone at any of the two temporomandibular joints. These are the points where the mandible and skull connect. When they misalign, the victim suffers a dislocated jaw.

A minor dislocation can resolve on its own without medical intervention. In severe cases, a doctor will need to install supportive medical devices around the jaw.

Eye Injuries – Motorcycle accidents can cause injuries to the bones surrounding the eyes, known as the orbital bones. The impact may also injure the eyes, causing total or partial blindness, which can be life-altering.

Victims who become visually impaired may not be able to return to work and make a living like they used to. They may also require lifetime care, which can cause a financial strain.

Dental Injures – It is not uncommon for motorcycle riders involved in crashes to chip or lose their teeth. Dental repairs can be costly and, in most cases, aren’t covered by insurance providers.

Fractures Skull – Motorcycle accidents can cause fractures to the skull. If bone fragments travel to the brain and lodge themselves in cerebral tissue, it can cause brain bruising or traumatic brain injury. This can result in severe lifelong damage and can even end up being fatal.

Motorcycle Collisions That Can Cause Facial Injuries

Not all motorcycle crashes are serious. Others can be detrimental. Below is an overview of motorcycle accidents that can lead to serious facial injuries.

Head-on Collisions – The force involved in these crashes leaves riders with a high risk of serious facial injuries, even while wearing protective helmets.

Sudden Stops – A sudden stop collision occurs when the rider slams into the vehicle in front of them or gets pinned between the front and rear vehicles, leaving them with gruesome facial injuries.

High-Side Accidents – A high-side crash occurs when the force of impact from a crash flings the rider from their motorcycle, catapulting them off their seat and handlebars before slamming them onto the ground.

Open Door Crashes – When a rider moving at high speeds crashes into an open car door, the sheer force of impact can cause serious, life-threatening injuries. Modern vehicles have reinforced doors as part of their safety features. Unfortunately for the rider, crashing into these reinforced doors may leave them with severe facial damage.

Damages Caused by Facial Injuries From Motorcycle Crashes

More often than not, facial injuries resulting from motorcycle collisions aren’t necessarily life-threatening. Victims usually achieve a full recovery if they receive proper medical treatment. That said, the damages these injuries cause extend beyond mortal endangerment. Survivors are left grappling with disfigurement issues and significant scarring, which can affect their quality of life in various ways.

For starters, the economic damages come with piling medical bills and the loss of wages during the victim’s treatment and recovery. Individuals whose appearance plays a significant role in their work may lose their earning potential because of a scar or disfigured face.

While these damages can be significant, there are also non-tangible damages that come with these injuries. Living with a facial disfigurement can lead to mental anguish to the detriment of the victim’s mental health. They may suffer psychological pain, trauma, anxiety, and depression due to the life-changing implications of their injuries. Their self-worth can also be affected and can profoundly affect their relationships.

The good news is – an experienced Hamilton motorcycle accident lawyer can help you file a claim to recover damages from the negligent parties. Damages can be in the form of:

  • Loss of income and benefits while undergoing treatment
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses and other associated costs
  • Loss of quality of life due to a disability or debilitating injuries
  • Future costs associated with rehabilitation and counselling
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

It is important to determine how much to seek in damages since the costs associated with facial injuries can be steep and long-running. This is in addition to the lost wages and skyrocketing medical expenses. A Hamilton motorcycle accident lawyer can help you determine the amount to seek in compensatory damages, negotiate with the party at fault, and deal with insurance providers.

How to Reduce the Risk of Sustaining Facial Injuries in a Motorcycle Crash

Most provinces have laws that make it mandatory for bikers to wear a protective helmet when riding motorcycles. One of the things you might have to prove when pursuing a personal injury claim against a negligent driver is that you were not at fault at the time of the collision and that you were wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.

To minimize your chances of sustaining facial and traumatic brain injury after a crash, here are a few precautions you can take:

  • Always wear a properly fitting protective helmet, even if it’s for a quick dash to a nearby location
  • Consider wearing a full-face helmet as opposed to those with a half-face design
  • Avoid riding after dark as it makes it difficult for other road users to spot you in dimly lit conditions
  • Brush up on your motorcycle skills every few years by enrolling in a riding safety course
  • Don’t ride while intoxicated, as it impairs your balance, increasing the likelihood of collisions and falls
  • Ride at a comfortable pace that allows for faster reaction times
  • Slow down at intersections, on streets with curb parking, and at corners

Get Help From a Hamilton Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved on has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, it’s important that to retain the right representation the first time. Our Hamilton Motorcycle Accident Lawyers have been representing motorcycle accident victims since 2003 – and have helped fallen riders recover millions in compensation to help them go on with their lives.

Contact us today no matter where you are in Ontario for your free consultation by calling 1-844-LALANDE or local in the Southern Ontario Region at 905-333-8888. Alternatively, you can reach us by email by filling out a contact form on our website.

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