At NJ Health & Injury solutions, our team has a wide range of expertise in treating patients who have experienced accidents while driving or riding on a motorcycle. Motorcycle accidents tend to be more serious than auto accidents because of the level of exposure to the road and surrounding vehicles. Inclement weather conditions may further increase the possibility of getting into an accident when operating a motorcycle. It is imperative for all motorcyclists to wear a helmet to minimize the possibility of head injury, and it is also required by law in New Jersey.
If you have just been in a motorcycle accident, immediately seek medical assistance at the nearest hospital emergency room. Have someone else call an ambulance if you are conscious but unable to move. If you think that you have not sustained any life-threatening injuries and are able to access your mobile phone, remain calm and exchange contact information with all the parties involved. Following the exchange of contact information, call the police to document what occurred at the scene or file a police report within 10 days.
Use your mobile device to take pictures of any damaged areas of all vehicles and/or motorcycles involved following a motorcycle accident. If you are able to drive away after the police document the scene of the accident, make sure you promptly report the accident to your insurance company and send them a copy of the police report when it is ready. New Jersey is currently a no-fault state for auto and motorcycle accidents, so remember to never admit liability at the scene of an accident regardless of who you believe may be at fault.
Motorcycle collisions involve a great degree of force, and long-term symptoms may not appear until a few hours or even a few days following the accident. If you believe that you have experienced any injuries in the days following a motorcycle accident, you should be evaluated by one of our chiropractors at NJ Health & Injury Solutions. At any time, if you feel pain in the neck, back, shoulder, elbow, arm, or jaw, it is important to see a physician as soon as possible. You may also want to be evaluated at NJ Health & Injury Solutions if you experience headaches or memory loss following a motorcycle accident. Our chiropractors and physical therapists have a great deal of experience in evaluating victims of motorcycle accidents to determine if the patient’s pain and discomfort is the result of the motorcycle accident and whether any chiropractic treatment and/or physical therapy is needed to rehabilitate the patient.
Patient Evaluation and Treatment
If you are referred to us by your physician or attorney following an accident involving a motorcycle, we will schedule an initial consultation to evaluate you and determine if you would benefit from chiropractic treatment and/or physical therapy. Our doctors at NJ Health & Injury solutions routinely work with personal injury attorneys and insurance companies to help maximize payouts related to damages and personal injuries for accident victims. The cost of the clinical evaluation, diagnostic tests, diagnostic imaging, and consultation are usually covered by auto insurance.
At NJ Health & Injury Solutions, we have unparalleled expertise in evaluating and successfully treating accident victims who have experienced soft tissue injuries. Common injuries following motorcycle accidents include: head injury, leg injury, foot injury, back injury, broken ribs, skull fracture, internal bleeding, knee trauma, herniated discs, concussion, and whiplash. One injury particular to motorcycle operators is Rider’s Arm, where a motorcyclist instinctively moves their hand in a particular direction to minimize the impact of the accident.
The evaluation of each patient will be individually tailored to what is documented on the police report and the patient’s personal account of pain and discomfort. If the doctor believes it is appropriate, the patient may be encouraged to undergo an X-Ray, MRI, CT scan, and/or PET scan. If a motorcyclist has experienced facial trauma or a jaw injury such as hyperflexion or hyperextension following a motorcycle accident, they may be referred to an oral surgeon or TMJ specialist for evaluation as well.
The practitioner will interpret the results of the diagnostic images and tests and provide a customized diagnosis for the motorcycle accident victim. If it is necessary to pursue legal action to compel an insurance company or liable person to cover the cost of treatment and rehabilitation, our doctors at NJ Health & Injury solutions have experience in taking depositions and making court appearances to testify on behalf of our patients.
Once the patient has been comprehensively evaluated by our team at NJ Health & Injury solutions, we will develop a personalized treatment plan that we will discuss with the patient. This may involve plastic/reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, chiropractic treatment, and/or physical therapy. Once the patient has committed to our individually tailored treatment plan, we will commit to treating our patients until they are rehabilitated and functional. If you are feeling pain or suffering resulting from a motorcycle accident, please contact NJ Health & Injury to schedule an evaluation.