Leg Swelling After a Motorcycle Accident in Fort Worth
Motorcycles provide almost no protection for riders in motorcycle accidents. As a result, you can suffer injuries to your head, neck, back, or arms. But the most common motorcycle accident injuries affect the legs.
Even minor leg injuries can cause your legs to swell. And you can also experience leg swelling due to your treatment or rehabilitation after your injury. There are several causes of leg swelling after motorcycle accidents, and you may be entitled to seek compensation if you suffer from it.
If you need assistance filing a claim for your leg injuries and other damages, contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 420-7000. A Fort Worth motorcycle accident lawyer will help you explore your options and pursue the compensation you need while you heal.
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How Stephens Law Firm, PLLC Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Fort Worth, Texas
Stephens Law Firm, PLLC was founded over 20 years ago. Since then, our Fort Worth motorcycle accident attorney has fought to make a difference in every client’s life after an accident.
Since founding the firm, our passionate team has obtained some of the state’s largest injury verdicts, successfully acquiring over $100 million for our clients.
If you hire our law firm for help after a motorcycle crash in Fort Worth, Texas, we’ll:
- Investigate the accident to determine how it happened and who’s liable
- Collect evidence proving your case
- Protect you against allegations that you caused the crash
- Negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf with insurance companies
- Take your case to trial if we do not reach a favorable settlement agreement
A motorcycle accident can produce injuries that can disable you from working or caring for yourself. Contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC today to discuss your motorcycle crash and the compensation you can seek for the injuries you suffered.
How Common Are Leg Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents?
Leg injuries are the most common type of motorcycle accident injury. These injuries happen when the motorcycle tips over.
The motorcyclist’s leg can get crushed by the motorcycle. It can also get dragged across the pavement, or the motorcycle’s exhaust system could burn it. According to one study, between 56% and 59% of motorcycle accident victims suffer a leg injury.
If you run a query on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Crash Records Information System, you will find that Fort Worth had 249 motorcycle accidents in 2022. By applying the study’s numbers, you can infer that between 139 and 148 motorcyclists suffered a leg injury in Fort Worth.
Causes of Leg Swelling After a Motorcycle Accident
Swelling happens for a few reasons, such as:
- Blood clots
- Poor circulation
Motorcycle accidents can cause many types of injuries that can produce leg swelling, including:
Strains and Sprains
Strains happen when muscles or tendons get hyperextended. Sprains occur when ligaments stretch or tear. When you damage these soft tissues, your body triggers an inflammatory response.
Swelling squeezes the blood vessels and reduces circulation. The reduced circulation traps blood cells near the injury so they can repair the damage.
The body heals a broken bone by forming a blood clot over the fracture. This blood clot stops bleeding and helps to heal the break. But the blood clot can break off and lodge in your veins.
The legs are particularly vulnerable to blood clots. The blood must work against gravity as it travels up the legs back to the heart. The leg veins have valves to prevent the blood from flowing backward between heartbeats. A blood clot can get trapped in a valve and block the blood flow. The legs will swell as blood pools in them.
Infections happen when the body gets invaded by microorganisms. Bacteria can enter through cuts, abrasions, or other open wounds.
Once inside, the bacteria multiply. They pose a danger to your body because they compete with your cells for nutrients and space. Some bacteria even release toxins to kill the competitors.
Your body protects itself by triggering inflammation, which makes this type of leg swelling particularly dangerous. A runaway inflammatory response can trigger sepsis.
Burns happen when a chemical reaction destroys body cells. When the motorcycle’s exhaust system touches the skin, it can produce a thermal burn.
Thermal burns cause pain and swelling. Burns swell to deal with microbes that enter through the damaged skin. They also swell because the damaged soft tissues trigger inflammation to try to heal them.
When your body gets injured, the body releases coagulating agents. These proteins help the blood to clot so that you do not bleed to death.
Unfortunately, the body cannot tell the difference between accidental injuries and intentional injuries, like surgery or other invasive procedures. After surgery, the thickened blood has a higher risk of forming blood clots.
Worse yet, you will likely need bed rest after surgery. The lack of movement can encourage clots to develop because your blood pools in your legs and other deep veins.
The result of these clots is that your legs and arms can swell.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Fort Worth Motorcycle Accident Lawyers To Discuss Your Injuries
Leg swelling after a motorcycle accident can damage your veins and even threaten your life. You need an advocate with a proven track record of success fighting for you while you focus on recovering.
Contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC to discuss the compensation you can seek for swelling in your legs after a motorcycle crash.