Top 5 Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because a motorcycle is not enclosed, and therefore cannot offer the same protection as a car or truck, there is a higher likelihood of injury from a motorcycle accident than other types of vehicles. The proper use of protective equipment cannot necessarily lower the risk, but it can offer a barrier between the rider and another object in a collision, or lessen the severity of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Road rash is the most common motorcycle accident injury; this term is used to describe bruises and scrapes of the skin. It is often extremely painful and if not cared for properly, can leave scarring or lead to infection. A motorcycle jacket, pants, gloves and boots offer some protection for the body, while a full helmet helps protect the face and head; note that these items do not prevent road rash but can help shield the body at points of impact against dirt, asphalt or other abrasive substances.
Fractured or Broken Bones
Another common motorcycle accident injury is a fractured or broken bone. Any part of the body can be the first to land when the motorcycle crashes or slides and the impact will be a factor in determining whether a bone will break. Commonly broken bones in motorcycle accidents are ribs, the collarbone, and limbs (arms or legs), though it is possible to break other bones like those in the spine or pelvis. Broken bones typically require the use of a cast in order to protect them as they heal. Although a cast is generally worn between four and six weeks, it takes far longer (up to twelve months) for a broken bone to heal completely and caution must be the name of the game if you are going to continue driving a motorcycle after breaking a bone.
Disfigurement is a potential result of your motorcycle accident injuries. Scarring and lost teeth are two common forms. Depending on the severity, surgery may be required to correct the injury. Teeth can be knocked out even if a motorcycle driver is wearing a proper helmet and will likely require dental work. Another form of disfigurement is the loss of a limb, such as a hand, arm, or foot.
Head injuries are almost impossible to avoid in a motorcycle accident. Concussions, fractures of the face, skull or neck, and traumatic brain injury have all been suffered by victims of motorcycle accidents. Wearing a helmet the right way, every time you drive or ride on a motorcycle, can offer a measure of protection, but it is highly unlikely you will be able to avoid hitting your head if you fall or are thrown from a motorcycle. It is possible that brain damage may have or may occur, so any head trauma must be treated promptly.
Back, Neck, and Spine Injury
Back, neck and spine injuries are potentially life-altering. Depending on the impact, damage to any part of the spinal cord is possible and should be assessed by a doctor immediately. These types of injuries can lead to a range of symptoms from pain and headaches to full-body paralysis requiring round-the-clock care.
In the event you are injured in a motorcycle accident, seek medical attention right away. If you would like to speak to a lawyer today about your injuries, please contact us today to get a free consultation.