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Serious accidents can end promising careers

The first concern with a serious motorcycle accident, of course, is whether or not the rider survives. However, simply living through the crash does not mean there is little effect on a person's life.

In many cases, riders suffer from massive injuries that can change everything in a fraction of a second. It could be a neck injury, a spinal cord injury, a traumatic brain injury, or something else equally devastating. In many cases, even with modern medical technology, a full recovery from these types of injuries is just not possible.

One potential impact of this type of injury is that it may end a person's otherwise promising career. If it does, the financial loss from the crash extends far beyond the medical care they receive or the damage to the bike.

For instance, do you remember Team Slipstream 2007, the world-class cycling team? One of the members, Taylor Tolleson, was included in a recent article looking at what had happened to them since their rise to fame. Tolleson was riding his motorcycle when a drunk driver, going nearly 100 miles per hour, slammed into him. That ended the career of a world-class athlete.

He's somewhat upbeat about it, but you can also see that the loss of what was both a career and a sport that he loved has had a major impact. "I can still walk," he said in an interview with Cycling News. "So it could be worse."

If you get involved in an accident, it is important to consider the long-term ramifications to your career trajectory when looking into your rights to compensation.

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