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Motorcycle Crash

Motorcycle riders face discrimination from the car and truck drivers who dominate the roads.

Most motorcycle crashes occur when a car or truck driver violates a right-of-way or claims not to have seen the motorcycle. The fact is that drivers of other vehicles aren’t paying enough attention to notice motorcycle riders. But even if a motorcycle injury was clearly the fault of the car or truck driver, the motorcycle rider is often blamed.

Motorcycle riders face many legal obstacles that a general personal injury attorney does not necessarily know how to handle. Your lawyer must know how to overcome the prejudices that car drivers and even jurors have toward motorcycle riders. It’s as important as knowing the law.

Areas Of Expertise

Lenore Shefman is the personal injury lawyer practicing precisely where the rubber meets the road. She’s intimately familiar with the types of injuries that motorcycle riders incur while exercising their right to ride and knows how to maneuver based on your unique situation.

Unique situations

Out of the over 8 million motorcyclists on the road every year, almost 100,000 motorcyclists are injured, and almost 5% die in motorcycle crashes. Even though motorcycle accidents occur as often as passenger vehicle accidents, the injuries sustained are much more serious. This is due to the fact that motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles, there is not much protection between the driver and the road, and motorcyclists have to worry about risks that are distinctive to riding a motorcycle.

For example, motorcyclists have to worry about such things as taking a corner too fast, gravel and other debris on the road, and even inclement weather. While motorcycle accidents and car accidents can be caused by the same incidences, motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in serious injury or death. When involved in an accident, a motorcyclist is at risk for being crushed by other vehicles or their own bike or even spinning out and sliding across lanes of traffic at high speeds.

A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc, occurs when one of the discs, or small soft cushions, between your vertebrae pushes out. These discs function as shock absorbers and maintain the flexibility of the spine. However, when a disc is damaged due to trauma or injury, it can bulge, causing a herniated disc.

Symptoms of a herniated disc can vary from little/no pain to severe and persistent neck or lower back radiating pain. Other symptoms may include paralysis, numbness, tingling, and muscular weakness. Depending on the severity of symptoms, herniated discs can by treated by physical therapy, muscle relaxers, or pain/anti-inflammatory medications. However, if the disc herniation is severe enough, surgery may be required.

A 27 year-old man was involved in a motorcycle collision, which resulted in a herniated L4-L5 disc. After several epidural steroid injections (EPI) and other non-invasive treatments, such as physical therapy and pain reduction modalities, he was referred for spinal fusion. The rider sought a second opinion and additional nerve root block injections, but to no avail. The radiation of constant pain from his lower back into his legs caused surgical fusion. Pain was so invasive it prevented the patient from performing activities of daily living. He is hoping to be able to return to an active lifestyle following surgery.

CyclistLaw achieves excellent results in cases involving all types of disc injuries. If you have been involved in an accident resulting in a disc injury resulting in a disc herniation, call Lenore at CyclistLaw…your go-to personal injury lawyer who will advocate getting you the compensation you deserve.

Amputation is the total or partial removal of a limb or extremity, and almost 2 million Americans are living with an amputation. The most common reason for an amputation is poor blood flow due to damaged arteries caused by trauma.

Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process and can help you adjust many aspects of your life. In addition, psychological therapy is just as significant as many people who have had an amputation have feelings of loss and anger, similar to losing a love one.

AMPUTATION - CASE STUDY

A 35 year-old woman was riding her motorcycle when she was t-boned at an intersection by vehicle that ran a red light. The motorcyclist suffered a finger amputation, compound fractures to both tibia and fibula, a fractured femur, internal bleeding of her lacerated kidney, a punctured lung, and several broken ribs.

She immediately underwent emergency surgery to repair lacerated internal organs and an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery to fix each broken bone. She remained in the hospital for several days, and only required limited rehabilitation.

CyclistLaw achieves excellent results in cases involving all types of personal injury. If you have been involved in an accident resulting in amputation, call Lenore at CyclistLaw…your go-to personal injury lawyer who will advocate getting you the compensation you deserve.



Laceration, tearing of the skin, is most commonly caused by injury from sharp object or from blunt force trauma. Lacerations can be so severe that they puncture through the skin and into underlying tissue, internal organs, and bone. The deeper the laceration, the more extensive the healing process. The symptoms of internal bleeding depend on the type of trauma and body part involved, and include pain, headache, swelling, and ecchymosis, or skin discoloration that is often deep purple.

LACERATION OF INTERNAL ORGANS - CASE STUDY

A 35 year-old woman was riding her motorcycle when she was t-boned at an intersection by vehicle that ran a red light. The motorcyclist suffered a finger amputation, compound fractures to both tibia and fibula, a fractured femur, internal bleeding of her lacerated kidney, a punctured lung, and several broken ribs.

She immediately underwent emergency surgery to repair lacerated internal organs and an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery to fix each broken bone. She remained in the hospital for several days, and only required limited rehabilitation.

CyclistLaw achieves excellent results in cases involving all types of personal injury. If you have been involved in an accident resulting in lacerations of internal organs, call Lenore at CyclistLaw…your go-to personal injury lawyer who will advocate getting you the compensation you deserve.


An open reduction and internal fixation surgery (ORIF), usually an emergency surgery, is used to fix fractures or broken bones that would not heal correctly with only a cast or splint. There are two parts to this surgery. Firstly, the broken bone is put back into place; and secondly, screws, rods, plates, or pins are used to hold the broken bone together and in place. As with any surgery, there are possible risks of infection, blood clots, or bleeding.

OPEN REDUCTION AND INTERNAL FIXATION SURGERY - CASE STUDY

A 35 year-old woman was riding her motorcycle when she was t-boned at an intersection by vehicle that ran a red light. The motorcyclist suffered a finger amputation, compound fractures to both tibia and fibula, a fractured femur, internal bleeding of her lacerated kidney, a punctured lung, and several broken ribs.

She immediately underwent emergency surgery to repair lacerated internal organs and an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery to fix each broken bone. She remained in the hospital for several days, and only required limited rehabilitation.

CyclistLaw achieves excellent results in cases involving all types of personal injury. If you have been involved in an accident resulting in injury requiring ORIF surgery, call Lenore at CyclistLaw…your go-to personal injury lawyer who will advocate getting you the compensation you deserve.

Facial reconstruction is surgery performed on unusual structures of the face, head, and neck that are caused by, among other things, trauma or injury. Normally this type of surgery is used to improve a patient’s long-term function, appearance and quality of life. Specifically facial trauma reconstruction is surgical correction of facial fractures and/or lacerations generally suffered during motor vehicle accidents or other types of trauma. Patients who have endured facial reconstruction often experience psychological issues such as body image problems, PTSD, and depression.

FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION - CASE STUDY

An 18-wheeler tractor trailer was pulled over on the side of the road when a motorcycle began to approach the 18-wheeler on the left. Once the motorcycle cleared the intersection, the 18-wheeler suddenly, and without looking out for oncoming traffic, made a U-turn directly into the motorcycle. Sadly the driver of the motorcycle was killed instantly, leaving behind a wife and 3 young children. His wife, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, was comatose for several weeks following the crash. She did survive, however, enduring multiple facial reconstructive surgeries.

CyclistLaw achieves excellent results in cases involving facial reconstruction. If you have been involved in an accident resulting in a need for facial reconstruction, call Lenore at CyclistLaw…your go-to personal injury lawyer who will advocate getting you the compensation you deserve.

Skin degloving, which is a type of avulsion injury, occurs when the layers of the skin and tissue are completely torn away, exposing tissue, muscle, tendons and/or bone. The most common cause of this type of injury is due to trauma, such as from a motorcycle accident. In addition to the exposure, bacteria and fragments are usually embedded in the wound.

The ability for healing this type of injury depends on the severity of the injury, since degloving injuries require extensive surgeries. If the skin is viable, replantation (reattaching a body part via surgery) or revascularization (cleaning out blocked blood vessels or surgically inserting replacements) can be performed.


SKIN DEGLOVING – CASE STUDY

A 21 year-old female motorcycle rider was struck by a small truck while she was riding on the highway. The driver of the truck was attempting to pass her on the right, overturned into the shoulder, and swerved into the motorcycle rider’s lane, striking her. She low-sided; impact was at approximately 55 mph.

The truck driver fled the scene, but was followed by a witness, who refused to testify other than by giving a statement to the authorities. Although the police immediately investigated, the truck driver was given a “free pass” that day. However, two years later, the driver was finally charged after being forced to testify to the facts leading up to the collision.

The motorcycle rider suffered severe skin degloving from head to toe, and had to live through several agonizing surgeries to repair her body. She will never be back to her “old self”, and will have to endure scars that are a daily reminder of a wreckless driver’s irresponsibility.

CyclistLaw achieves excellent results in cases involving Skin Degloving. If you have been involved in an accident resulting in this type of injury, call Lenore at Cyclist Law…your go-to personal injury lawyer who will advocate getting you the compensation you deserve.


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