No one knows how long it takes to recover from a motorcycle accident, not even your doctor really. Doctors can give you estimates based on past evidence. This uncertainty is because many factors affect the recovery process. The type and severity of the injuries play a key role in how the victim recovers. The victim’s general health also affects recovery times. Additionally, if the victim encounters complications while at the hospital or has a severe side effect from any medications, the recovery period will take longer. Whether or not the victim undergoes surgery also affects the recovery time.
The nature of motorcycle accidents is often fatal due to their small size and speed. According to the 2018 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute report on motorcycle safety, Indiana had 230,107 registered motorcycles. That same year, there were 2,681 collisions with 1,930 non-fatal injuries and 112 fatalities. Unlike other vehicles, motorcycles do not have safety belts or protective airbags, and in an accident, the motorcyclist is often thrown off the bike. This lack of protection typically increases the severity of injuries. Considering the severity of injuries, it is difficult to conclusively state how long it takes to recover from a motorcycle accident.
Recovering from Severe Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Accident
Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery may take a few months or years. Some victims never recover completely.
Some of the most severe injuries from motorcycle accidents include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Burns, such as second or third-degree burns
- Injuries to the spinal cord
- Traumatic head injuries (TBI)
- Internal injuries, including organ damage
Recovery from severe injuries can take years of therapy or specialized care. During this time, you may not be able to work or spend time with your family. The treatment will also be quite expensive because you may have to stay in the hospital for a very long time. The severity of the injuries may also result in permanent physical or cognitive impairment. If this happens, the patient may need extra care to help them cope with their new reality.
It is also difficult to assess the recovery time for injuries that result in permanent damage. A serious injury may cause both physical and psychological pain long after the patient is discharged from the hospital.
Temperament and attitude have also been known to affect recovery. Some patients can recover much faster, even if the injuries they sustained were more severe, simply because of their positive attitude.
Regardless of the duration, you can recover compensation from the party that is liable for the accident. This compensation will help you cover the medical expenses, any lost wages, or even get you back on your feet if you are unable to work.
Speeding Up the Recovery Process
It is uncertain how long exactly it takes to recover from a motorcycle accident. An experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer will recommend that you take the following steps to speed up your recovery time:
- Do not smoke
- Eat a balanced diet
- Get plenty of rest
- Attend therapy sessions
- Take care of your injuries
Doing these simple things will help you make a full recovery. You should also adhere to the doctor’s guidelines and stick to a routine.
Additionally, eat nutritious meals consisting of minerals and vitamins. For example, if you have suffered a broken bone, eat a calcium-rich diet. Remember that the major part of the recovery process is dependent on you, so take good care of your injury and follow your doctor’s orders.
Recovering Compensation for Injuries You Sustained in a Motorcycle Accident
You can recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the party responsible for the accident. You can do this on your own, but it may be more difficult than you realize, especially if you are dealing with injuries. A lawyer can help you complete your claim and be with you every step of the way. He or she can handle every legal detail in your case and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Some of the damages you could recover include:
- Lost wages
- Reduced earnings capacity
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Diminished quality of life
- Mental distress
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
After the motorcycle accident, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. We recommend this because personal injury claims have a statute of limitations. Under Indiana Code § 34-18-7, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for compensation. In addition, memories fade, and your lawyer will need the time to investigate and build a solid claim for compensation for you.
Get Legal Help
No one can tell you exactly how long it takes to recover from a motorcycle accident. At best, a doctor can give you an approximation. Your recovery may result in heavy medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, but these are damages you have a legal right to recover. Contact Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. by calling 317-720-3229. Randy is the Lawyer Who Rides. He understands what you are going through, and his team can help. Call for a free case review today.