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Motorcycle Accident Help
Selecting a professional in a personal injury matter is a very important decision. As physicians who are specifically familiar with the management of accidental injuries, Centers For Neurology can treat your injuries and refer you to the best personal injury lawyers in Florida.
Motorcycle accidents can be as dangerous, or even more so, than automobile accidents. The motorcycle rider is more vulnerable to injuries because he or she is more physically exposed to the risks of a crash or collision.
It is essential to get proper evaluation and treatment for motorcycle injuries, which can include scrapes, burns, broken bones, head injuries, back and neck injuries, concussions, and spinal misalignments, among others.
Even minor motorcycle accidents can inflict pain, numbness, headaches, muscle stiffness, weakness, fatigue, and other problems including arthritis many months down the road.
Motorcycle accidents can inflict the following painful conditions that we can diagnose and treat:
- Brain injury
- Back pain (upper and lower back)
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Leg, knee and foot injuries
- Chronic pain
Our Doctors Are Specifically Trained to Diagnose and Treat Motorcycle Accident Injuries.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you need a doctor that is trained in the bio mechanics of the human body. That means that he or she can perform special orthopedic and neurological tests as well as other functional tests that can assess soft tissue damage, muscle strength, range of motion, and joint and nerve function. In addition, special x-rays and neuro-diagnostic testing can be performed to find out if there has been any structural or nerve damage.
Many medical doctors are unaware of these specific examinations and x-ray analysis that are required for the diagnosis and treatment of accident injuries. But at the Centers for Neurology and Orthopedic Pain Management, our doctors will perform these needed tests to locate all the injuries you may have sustained from a motorcycle accident.
The SHCC Centers for Neurology and Pain Management have provided over 20 years of proven treatment for patients with injuries. We offer a team approach that includes neurology, neuropsychology, chiropractic, physical and massage therapies that fit the precise need of each patient. After evaluation, a comprehensive treatment plan will be implemented to relieve the pain and avoid long-term disabilities.
In order to provide our patients with the best care possible, we offer some advice in how to prevent motorcycle accidents and minimize the injuries from them. Here are some tips for motorcycle riders.
Motorcycle helmets prevent injuries
The single most important piece of protective gear you can wear is a helmet certified to meet DOT standards. In combination with other protective gear, rider education courses, proper licensing, and public awareness, helmet use is one way of reducing risk of injury.
You hope you never have to use your helmet, just like you hope you won't ever need to use the seat belt in your car. But accidents do happen.
Choosing a motorcycle helmet
A full-face helmet gives the most protection since it covers more of your face. It usually has movable face shield protecting the eyes and is easily operated with one hand. Professional and seasoned riders tend to prefer full-face helmets for the added protection and comfort.
A three-quarter, open-face helmet is also a choice of some riders. It is constructed with the same basic components, but doesn't offer the face and chin protection of full-face helmets. If you use an open-face helmet, you should have a snap-on face shield in place when you ride, or buy a pair of goggles that can withstand the impact of a stone. Ordinary glasses or sunglasses are not sufficient eye protection for a motorcyclist, and they might move or fly off.
A half-shell helmet protects even less of your head. It is more likely to come off your head upon impact. Therefore, half-shell helmets are not recommended.
A real must in choosing a helmet is making certain that it lives up to the minimum safety standards. Price doesn't necessarily mean one helmet is better than another. The way to find a well-made, reliable helmet is to look for the DOT or SNELL sticker on the inside or outside of the helmet. The sticker means the helmet lives up to the safety test standards of these agencies: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation.
- Tips on Preventing Accidents and Injuries
- Get licensed. One-third of motorcycle drivers killed in crashes are not licensed or are improperly licensed to operate a motorcycle. By obtaining a license, you ensure that you have the skills needed to safely operate a motorcycle.
- Take a motorcycle safety course. Many motorcycle accidents happen because the operator is inexperienced.
- Practice your motorcycle skills.
- Never drink alcohol and get on a motorcycle.
- When approaching the crest of a hill on a motorcycle, you should move away from the centerline to avoid a collision in case an oncoming vehicle is in your lane.
- Invest in quality motorcycle boots, leather riding chaps, leather jackets, and leather gloves to protect your skin against cold, wind, and injuries in case of a fall.
- Always make yourself visible to others, stay out of the blind spots of vehicles.
- Always wear a helmet. Research shows that helmets save lives and minimize injuries.
- Wear eye and face protection.
- Follow all rules of the road.
- Never speed. In 1999, 41% of all motorcyclists who died were speeding.
- Watch out for road hazards, like large cracks, holes, and bumps.
- Watch out for other vehicles and cars coming from driveways and side streets.
- Always ride with your headlight on.
- Don't let anyone ride with you until you are a skilled rider.
- Insist that your passenger sit behind you on the motorcycle.
- Never let a passenger get on your motorcycle until after you start it.
- Make sure your passenger's feet can reach the foot rests, and insist that your passenger's feet stay on the footrests at all times, even when you stop. This can prevent injuries to your passenger's feet and legs that can be caused by the hot exhaust pipes or the wheels themselves.
- Insist that your passenger hold on to your waist during the entire ride.
- Instruct your passenger to keep his or her legs away from the muffler to avoid burns.
If you have experienced a motorcycle related injury call our centers today. Your injury can be evaluated promptly. The SHCC Centers for Neurology and Pain Management are open six days a week, Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. On Saturday, our centers are by appointment only. We are conveniently located in five areas in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Call today for an appointment with one of our specialists toll free 866-426-3876.