Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries

A motorcycle accident can result in injuries ranging from minor to severe. Not all injuries are apparent from the moment of impact, so it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Treatment for motorcycle injuries is often multi-disciplinary, and Florida Physical Medicine can guide you through the process and back to good health.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents can be frightening, stressful and traumatic. Seek medical help immediately if anyone is seriously injured or in distress. Exchange insurance information and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

However, medical needs don’t show up right away after a motorcycle accident. Even if you feel fine, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible after the incident. Injuries may go unnoticed due to pumping adrenaline or the shock of the accident itself, and you don’t realize you’re injured until days later.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits work differently in a motorcycle accident. PIP does not cover drivers of a motorcycle, even if you have a PIP policy for your car insurance. The medical care is paid for by the bodily injury coverage of the at-fault driver. If the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage will kick in. It is very important for all motorists to carry substantial UM coverage on their insurance – especially motorcyclists!

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle accident injuries can affect nearly every part of the body. Some injuries, however, are more common. The CDC has found that 30 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle injuries involved the legs and feet, but unfortunately, the rest of the body is fair game, including the head, neck, upper extremities, and torso.

Some of the more common motorcycle accident injuries can include:

  • Brain injury
  • Neurological damage
  • Spine injury
  • Neck injury
  • Whiplash
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Tendon and ligament damage
  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions

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Road Rash Treatment After a Motorcycle Accident

Road rash is one of the most common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. It isn’t actually a rash, but minor abrasions caused by skin impacting with and rubbing against the rough surface of the road. Road rash can often be treated at home with a cleansing saline solution, antibacterial soap and ointment, and bandages. However, before you decide to treat your road rash at home, you should still see a doctor after your accident. The road rash may be the surface injury you notice, while other injuries may not be apparent right away. Also, if there is debris embedded in your skin, you should let a doctor treat your road rash initially.

Treating Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Florida Physical Medicine has a variety of multidisciplinary treatment options for those who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accident treatment begins with our specialists, who can help with pain management, neurological diagnosis and treatment, orthopedic diagnosis and treatment, and physical therapy.

If you’ve been injured in motorcycle accident, seek the treatment you deserve from the team at Florida Physical Medicine. We can help you get a proper diagnosis and guide you through the treatment process, so you can focus on recovery.

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Finding a Motorcycle Accident Doctor

For immediate medical needs, the ER is usually the first choice for treating severe motorcycle accident related injuries. If your injuries are not severe or life-threatening, you may instead visit your primary care physician. However, there’s a possibility that they won’t be able to see you and treat your motorcycle accident injuries. For starters, they may not be as familiar with the types of injuries that come about as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Billing may also be an issue. Billing this insurance is more complicated than standard health insurance billing, which means many offices turn these patients away.

That’s where Florida Physical Medicine comes in. Our practice deals exclusively with treating car and motorcycle accident injuries, so not only do we have the expertise required for diagnosing and treating you, but we can communicate with your auto insurance company to ensure your care is paid for.