Mobile Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Open Bladder Injury & Pelvic Fracture
When a car or truck drives head-on into the lane of a motorcycle this becomes a very dangerous and precarious situation for the motorcycle driver, especially if this happens on a winding road. An Alabama personal injury lawyer at McAleer Law will be familiar with internal injuries that can follow a severe motorcycle collision and can help you in your time of need.
Very often, when trying to avoid the imminent collision created by the negligent car or truck driver, the motorcycle driver will drop his bike, and skid and collided with a guard rail or other stationary object. Internal injuries are common with such violent impacts, for example, lacerations to the abdominal wall and fractures of the hip and pelvis. Head injuries can often be avoided by wearing a helmet but this will not protect the rest of the body.
High impact injuries are invariably severe and affect multiple organs. Such accidents often involve the neck, chest, abdominal organs, pelvis, lower limb and the skin.
The pelvis consists of the paired pubic, iliac, and ischial bones. These bones are felt just below the skin at about the level of the waist. The iliac bones protect the viscera in the lower abdomen and the upper pelvis. The bladder is mostly in the true pelvis and is protected primarily by the pubic bones upon which it rests in the upright individual. The bladder is the muscular sac into which urine from the kidneys flows. The bladder is the most anteriorly-placed organ of the pelvis in both sexes. It is suspended from the umbilical (belly button) region of the abdominal wall and covered on its superior surface by the lining of the abdominal cavity, called the peritoneum. Injuries to the bladder can also included exposure of the interior of the bladder. The interior of the bladder is lined by tissue called a mucosa. It is a wet, highly expandable tissue that separates the urine from the smooth muscle that forms the bulk of the bladder.
Most bladder injuries are associated with a fracture of the pelvis or a rapid deceleration, e.g., as the result of an auto accident. As explained above, the bladder is only covered by the peritoneum on its upper surface, the peritoneum, therefore, is often left intact after an injury to the anterior bladder. The blood and the urine from the injured bladder may not flow into the abdomen proper because it is stopped by the peritoneum. When this situation exists, the injury is said to be extraperitoneal. (The term retroperitoneal is also used, but since retro means behind this term can be confusing.) The alternative injury is rupture of the bladder and the peritoneum in which case the urine can flow into the abdomen proper. This type of injury is called an intraperitoneal rupture of the bladder.
If you've suffered a severe or internal injury in an accident, contact an Alabama Motorcycle Accident Attorney at our firm today for legal guidance with your case.