Many people associate motorcycle accidents with broken bones and brain injuries. However, burns are also a serious risk for motorcycle riders whenever they hop on their bikes. Burns can be absolutely devastating injuries. They cause severe scarring that damages a person’s confidence and quality of life, but they can also be physically debilitating.
From chemical spills to road rash and overheated exhaust pipes, motorcycle accidents can lead to burn injuries for riders in a variety of different ways.
Burns From Accident Fires
The force of a motorcycle collision can spark a leak on the motorcycle’s gas tank, resulting in an explosion or fire. Riders in these scenarios may be unconscious or unable to move to safety to avoid burns. These injuries can be extremely painful and are susceptible to injections during the healing process.
Not all burns are caused by literal fires. Because motorcycles don’t have the protective exterior that normal vehicles have, riders are especially vulnerable to chemical burns during and after an accident. Contact with corrosive chemical substances, such as gasoline or battery accident, can cause these burns. If the substance touches the eyes, it may even cause blindness.
Exhaust Pipe and Engine Burns
A motorcycle’s exhaust and the engine can reach temperatures of up to 230°F when the bike is running. When a motorcycle crashes, it can cause the motorcycle rider to be thrown from their bike and have parts of their body to come in contact with these extremely hot components of their bike.
When a motorcyclist is dragged across the pavement, it can cause one of the most common types of burns associated with motorcycle accidents: road rash. Riders who lose many layers of skin from road rash are at a higher risk of injection and may require skin grafts. It most often occurs during summer months, when riders are wearing less protective gear.
If you sustained burns in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you should not hesitate to pursue compensation for what you have endured. You shouldn’t have to pay a penny for any costs associated with your injuries and you may also be entitled to additional compensation for your physical and emotional pain and suffering.
At McNabola & Associates, our motorcycle accident attorneys will fight for the full damages you deserve. Contact our firm at (312) 888-8700 to schedule your free consultation.