Motorcyclists are constantly on the lookout for negligent, careless, and distracted drivers. They know that other drivers sharing the road with them pose the biggest risk for danger due to speeding, red light running, texting while driving, and pure carelessness. While defensive riding helps reduce many motorcycle crashes from occurring, sometimes even the most careful motorcycle operators suffer serious crash injuries due to drivers who violate their rights of way.
When a motorcyclist gets ejected from his bike, he may suffer broken ribs due to the force of the crash and where his body made impact with the vehicle involved or the hard ground. When ribs break, it can be very painful; however, broken ribs can also cause other injuries. For example, a sharp broken rib can puncture a lung, spleen, liver, or other organ and cause serious internal injuries.
This is why it is important that motorcyclists are aware of the symptoms of broken ribs and make sure they get to the hospital immediately following a crash. Some rib injuries signs include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Pain that gets worse with movement
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Crunching sound in the chest
- Swelling of the chest
When any of these signs are present, motorcyclists need to make sure they get thoroughly evaluated by a doctor to ensure they also haven’t suffered other internal injuries. Unfortunately, broken ribs have the potential to be very serious and even fatal injuries.
If you have suffered rib injuries or other internal injuries in a South Florida motorcycle crash, you need to learn about your rights to obtaining the most compensation possible. Learn how to hold a negligent driver responsible and contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld. You will get to speak with an experienced Broward County injury lawyer in a free case consultation today at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].