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Motorcycle accidents and broken legs

Fall may be in full swing, but that is not stopping Tennesseans from hitting the roadways with their motorcycles. Though riding a bike can be an enjoyable experience, it can also be extremely dangerous when other motorists act negligently. When a distracted, intoxicated or unaware driver causes a motorcycle accident, the victim can suffer a wide variety of injuries. Amongst them are road rash, facial fractures and injuries to the lower extremities.

One of the more common injuries to the lower extremities is a broken leg. Depending on the location of the break and the severity, a victim may need a splint, cast or surgery to insert medical devices that will ensure the bone will heal in correct alignment. This can leave an individual in the hospital for a significant amount of time and cause a great deal of pain.

How does a motorcycle accident victim know if they have broken a leg? First of all, if an individual is involved in an accident, it is probably in their best interest to seek medical attention. However, if there is an obvious deformity, swelling, bruising, excessive pain and the victim has difficulty walking, then a leg may be broken.

No one should have to feel the pain of a broken leg, particularly those who are harmed by the negligent acts of others. Yet, the pain can reach beyond the physical, causing a deep impact on the victim's financial footing. Therefore, when injured by a negligent driver, it is often wise to consider one's legal options, as a successful lawsuit may provide much needed compensation to find financial relief from damages caused.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Broken leg," accessed on Oct. 23, 2015

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