How a Motorcycle Wreck Can Derail Your Career

September 12, 2018 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
How a Motorcycle Wreck Can Derail Your Career

Long Term Motorcycle Accident Injury Consequences

There's nothing quite like riding a motorcycle: the wind whistling around you, the road whizzing by beneath you, and the engine purring as you ride down the road. Unfortunately, riding that motorcycle can carry some heavy consequences. Driving a motorcycle means that you have little protection between you and the road. If an accident does occur, there's nothing but your helmet and your protective gear to help keep you safe. For every mile traveled, the number of deaths on a motorcycle is estimated to be 29 times higher than the number of deaths in a car. Death, however, isn't your only risk. If you're severely injured in a motorcycle accident, it can derail your career, leaving you struggling to move on with your life as you recover from your injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injuries From a Motorcycle Accident

While wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent, significant head injuries can and do still occur in motorcycle crashes. Many of the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries can significantly reduce your ability to complete your daily job tasks. Consider:
  • Memory loss makes it incredibly difficult to complete daily job tasks. You may struggle to remember how to complete familiar tasks in the aftermath of your motorcycle accident. Worse, new information may be more difficult to retain than before, making it increasingly difficult for you to learn new things or work with new clients.
  • Difficulty concentrating will lead to a decrease in productivity. Following a TBI, you may struggle to pay attention to even the most engrossing tasks. Unfortunately, this will substantially impact your productivity. While your workplace may not be able to terminate you as a result of injury or disability, difficulty concentrating may make it difficult for you to obtain future raises and promotions as your productivity declines.
  • Irritability or other emotional disruptions may disturb the workplace. You'd like to think that your inability to get along with that annoying coworker won't impact your job, but continued irritability or other emotional problems can make it difficult for you to get ahead at work. In a worst-case scenario, you may end up transferred to another department or even let go to create a smoother work environment for your current coworkers.
  • Slow thinking can make it hard to keep up in a fast-paced work environment. In some cases, you may work in an environment where it's all right for you to work at your own pace. Many industries, however, require a cutthroat pace in order to keep up. If your thinking has been slowed down as a result of a traumatic brain injury, you may simply be unable to keep up.
Sometimes, you'll recover from a TBI and be able to go back to business as usual. In other cases, however, you may have to deal with these symptoms for months or more. Over time, this can mean lost promotions, lost opportunities, and new employers who simply don't want to hire you. Worse, it can mean that you lose your current job because you are no longer able to take care of your job responsibilities.

Physical Disabilities From a Motorcycle Accident

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that most places of business provide reasonable accommodations for workers with a wide range of physical disabilities. Unfortunately, not every job can provide adequate accommodations for your injuries. Worse, physical disabilities may significantly slow you down, making it more difficult for you to complete tasks that come across your desk every day.
  • Physical disability can make it more difficult to complete daily responsibilities, even at a desk job. Imagine having your walking pace significantly slowed down or your ability to lift and move boxes removed. Suddenly, even getting to the printer or the coffee maker is a major task that presents far more difficulty than before. Typing with one hand in a cast or brace is far more difficult, as is operating a computer mouse. Both short-term and long-term injuries can cause significant problems with your overall job tasks.
  • Pain medications can slow your ability to think. Chronic pain can also impact concentration. Even if you're working at a desk job, you may find that your physical disability significantly impacts your ability to complete the daily tasks associated with your job.
In many cases, the impact of your physical disability may not show up immediately. You'll still be able to keep your current job, especially if your employer is able or required to make necessary changes to accommodate you. Unfortunately, the impact of your physical disability will show itself in the future as you miss out on opportunities for promotion or job change.

Short-Term Career Damage From a Motorcycle Crash

Not every motorcycle crash ends in serious injury. A few broken bones won't permanently derail your career, will it? While you may not end up with an injury that impacts you for the rest of your life, even short-term disability can lead to several issues that may temporarily—or even permanently—impact the progression of your career.
  • Your injury may require you to take time off work. Not every job can provide accommodations that will allow you to work while you're recovering. In some cases, surgeries, therapies, and appointments can all lead to decreased time at work. This makes you appear to be a less-reliable employee, even though your injuries aren't your fault.
  • You may miss out on opportunities. If you're injured, you're not the ideal person to send to that conference, or to hand that important assignment. As a result, you'll miss out on opportunities to show exactly what you can do, which in turn can make it more difficult for you to take advantage of future opportunities.
  • You aren't at full competitive power while you're recovering. You're more likely to leave the office on time, take a break, or need time off. Not only that, you aren't giving it your best—and chances are, there are others around you who are. That means they may swoop in and take advantage of your injuries to take roles that should have been yours. In some cases, this can mean long-term advantages for these individuals that could otherwise have been yours.

Get the Help You Deserve After Your Accident

If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, chances are, you've got plenty to deal with. Make sure that your legal needs are covered. Contact us today at (941) 210-7586 to learn how we may be able to help you recover damages for your motorcycle accident and get back to work. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 8039 Cooper Creek Blvd suite 105 University Park, FL 34201-3007 (941) 210-7586


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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