Whether you are an experienced rider or a new motorcyclist, being aware of the potential injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident is important. These injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe spinal cord and brain injuries. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states, motorcyclists are 24 times more likely to be killed in a crash than those in a car. Keep reading to learn more about these types of injuries.
The most common injury suffered by riders is road rash, which is when the rider skids on pavement after being thrown from the bike. This type of injury can range from minor to extremely severe, with the latter causing serious complications like nerve damage or infection. The severity can be reduced by wearing the right protective clothing.
Foot & Leg Injuries
The limbs of motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable, and in accidents, they may experience a range of limb injuries, from sprains to fractures in their ankles, feet, and legs. These types of injuries can significantly impact a rider's mobility and quality of life, making it even more important for riders to take every precaution to reduce their risk of accidents.
The spine is a vital part of the human body that plays a crucial role in our mobility and overall well-being. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most vulnerable areas when it comes to injuries sustained in high-speed motorcycle accidents. The severity of spine injuries can range from chronic pain to complete paralysis or even death.
Head & Neck Injuries
Head and neck injuries are another common occurrence among motorcycle accident victims, with the severity often depending on whether or not a helmet was worn. Unfortunately though, wearing a helmet does not guarantee complete protection from a head injury
Examples of head and neck injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Jaw fractures
- Broken nose
- Facial burns
- Vision damage
With such high stakes, it is imperative that all riders prioritize safety and protect themselves with the use of proper safety gear.
Hand & Arm Injuries
Injuries to the hand, wrist, and arm are also prevalent among motorcyclists who have experienced an accident. While the natural instinct is to throw one's arms out when falling to the ground, this can cause serious damage to these important body parts. Not only could a rider have sprains or broken bones, but they can also suffer cuts and serious burns. As a result, it is crucial that motorcyclists have the proper protective gear, such as gloves and arm guards, to reduce the risk of injury.
Damage to internal organs and internal bleeding are serious injuries that can result from blunt-force trauma or penetration trauma. Blunt-force trauma occurs when a part of the body is struck by a hard object without breaking the skin. This can result in significant damage to the internal organs, leading to severe bleeding and even death.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention, even if you believe you have not sustained injuries. You could experience delayed symptoms days or weeks later.
After receiving treatment, contact our personal injury lawyers at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. Our dedicated professionals have the experience needed to fight for you to get the compensation you deserve.
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