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Can a spinal cord injury arise from a motorcycle accident?

Motorcycles provide Dallas riders with an exhilarating ride and tremendous control over their mode of transportation. However, motorcycle riding also poses risks, as a motorcycle driver is very exposed to the possibility of injury if involved in a motorcycle accident.

One particularly damaging type of injury that may result from a motorcycle accident is a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries encompass those injuries that damage the spinal cord or the nerves at the spinal canal's end. They can permanently affect a person's ability to function, to feel and the person's degree of strength.

A sudden traumatic blow to a person's spine, such as one that might occur in a motorcycle crash, can lead to the fracturing or dislocation of a person's vertebrae, resulting in a damaging spinal cord injury. These types of injuries may also result if the disks or ligaments of the spinal cord are damaged. Unfortunately, these types of injuries occur all too often from motorcycle and automobile accidents. More than 35 percent of new spinal cord injuries arise from motor vehicle accidents annually.

Once a person's spinal cord has been damaged, this damage cannot be reversed with current medical treatment. However, new treatments are being developed. Medications that encourage regeneration of nerve cells, as well as prostheses, may help improve the ability of a person to function on a daily basis following such a severe injury. Focus of treatment often revolves around trying to create the most productive life possible, as well as the prevention of further injury.

A motorcycle accident victim who has suffered a spinal cord injury may have the opportunity to pursue compensation if a negligent party caused the accident. Such compensation may be beneficial to help cover extensive medical costs that follow a serious spinal cord injury.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Diseases and Conditions: Spinal Cord Injury," Accessed June 12, 2015

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