Paralysis in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be fatal or severe. While safety gear and protections can reduce the risk of serious injury or death from an accident, they don’t usually prevent serious injuries. These serious injuries can lead to permanent disability for those involved.


Friends and family are affected just as much by serious motorcycle accidents as the motorcyclist harmed in the incident. These injuries can be severe and may result in long-term disability. These types of traffic collisions can be dangerous for motorcycle riders because they lack the protection like padding, materials, and barriers provided by enclosed vehicles. As a result, accidents can often result in the rider being thrown from their motorcycle. Further injuries can occur by slamming into other objects, car and the road usually leads to additional injuries. Paralysis can occur when the spine and back are damaged during these accidents. This is a major concern. Motorcyclists who sustain even minor injuries can experience temporary or limited paralysis.

Injuries to the Head, Neck, or Back

Paralysis can result from trauma to the head, neck, and back. Many sections of the back are closely tied to the spine in such a manner that even minimal harm could cause infirmity. The neck and head may lead to both spine and brain injury that could cut off access to limbs through nerve or spinal column damage. Paralysis can result from these injuries, although it may not always be permanent — some cases of paralysis are temporary.

Some collisions only result in a partial loss of ability and function. These injuries may only affect certain areas or limit the ability to perform specific actions. Every injury is unique and everyone’s reaction to it will be different. Paralysis can become permanent and cause complete loss of function in all limbs. Paraplegia is a form of paralysis in which only the lower halves of the body are affected. Paraplegia is when both legs are unable to function. Quadriplegia is the most severe form of paraplegia. This means that both legs and arms are unable to feel or function properly. It is possible for other parts to work and be felt in these cases, but paraplegia usually means that the entire function below the neck has been lost.

How to Identify Injuries to the Spinal Cord

Motorcyclists in serious accidents usually require immediate medical attention, especially when they report they cannot feel parts of their body or those parts are numb. Spinal cord damage can be indicated by inability to move certain limbs, or weakness or loss feeling at any part of the body. Tests for identifying this condition are frequently issued upon arrival of the hospital. One such procedure is used to examine nerves inside the body through the use of a dye so that harmed areas may be seen by the human eye. Another often used process includes a sensor that measures amounts of activity in the electrical spectrum with the muscles of the patient. Whatever impairment may exist at that point may be measured through these tests and the expertise of the physician.

Paralysis Complications

Paralysis can lead to many complications. It can cause loss of movement and feeling in the body.  Individuals living with paralysis are often unable to do simple tasks. Even if the person is unable to use their legs, they may still be able to function with their ability to exercise, breathe and do daily activities. Paralysis that affects the whole body can include respiratory problems. This could lead to problems with the lungs. There may be an issue with bladder and bowel movements as well as other muscle difficulties.

Personal Injury Claim if Paralyzed by a Collision

It is crucial to seek legal help if you sustain severe injuries in a collision with another person. An attorney could make the difference between financial ruin and receiving compensation through a personal injury case.

Updated 12/9/21