As Washington DC motorcycle accident attorneys, we know that most people understand that operating any motor vehicle poses a risk. However, individuals must also be aware of the dangers that drivers face even in safe driving conditions: one such risk is carbon monoxide poisoning. We cannot readily see, smell or sense carbon monoxide in the atmosphere, which is what makes this gas particularly dangerous. Carbon monoxide exposure can quickly turn fatal and can have lasting effects on our health and quality of life. If you have suffered a personal injury due to carbon monoxide poisoning, the Washington DC personal injury lawyers at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. may be able to help.
Most people are exposed to carbon monoxide each day but the amount of carbon monoxide we inhale is usually negligible. Household appliances such as cooking ranges and wood stoves, and motor vehicles such as cars and motorcycles contain combustion engines, which emit small amounts of carbon monoxide. When the engine does not oxidate (combust) properly, due to a leak in the system, we may inhale dangerous levels of this toxic gas. If this occurs, a manufacturer may be to blame and you may be entitled to compensation. Speak with an experienced Washington DC motorcycle accident lawyer about your legal options.
Exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to temporary or permanent illness and even death. Initial symptoms often mimic influenza but, over time, can prove far more serious and longer lasting. Symptoms may include but are not limited to:
- nausea and vomiting
- shortness of breath.
- impaired speech function
- blurred vision
- loss of consciousness
While it is entirely possible that you may recover from these symptoms, they may persist and be a sign of severe neurological damage. Often when one suffers a brain injury from carbon monoxide exposure, the cause of the injury is not readily apparent. If a patient has not sustained any recent head trauma, doctors may be perplexed as to why the patient exhibits signs of brain damage. As soon as you exhibit any of the aforementioned symptoms, or suspect that you have been exposed to toxic carbon monoxide levels, consult with a physician. The sooner you do, the sooner you can get proper medical assistance.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is less likely to occur with a motorcycle than with an automobile or truck. However, it is still best to be aware of the health risks when operating any motor vehicle. Remember also to start your motorcycle in an open space where toxic fumes will not easily accumulate.
If you were exposed to carbon monoxide, whether at home, in your vehicle, or through another source, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other losses. The Washington DC car accident attorneys at Cohen & Cohen PC can advocate on your behalf. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.