The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The most common motorcycle injuries are road rash and injuries to the legs, arms, neck, back, and head. There is the risk of muscle damage and broken bones. Paralysis is a possibility if the spinal cord is injured.
This injury comes from any scrapping along the pavement that damages your skin. This damage may occur even through your clothes if the material they are made of is very thin. This is why it is always recommended that you wear gloves and sturdy riding clothes, such as a thick leather jacket, leather pants, and motorcycle boots.
Falling sideways, with one leg trapped under the bike, is a common problem. It can happen easily on slippery roads when they are wet or if the front tire of the bike hits a pothole, rock, or other debris.
Broken arms are likely if you are thrown from a bike. There is a natural instinct to put your arms out to break your fall, which can easily break your arms.
The neck is a delicate area. You can experience a whiplash injury if you are hit from behind when your head is thrown backward and forward with significant power.
Back injuries include a sprained or broken back. You may also get a damaged (herniated) disk in your spinal column.
Muscle damage can occur if a muscle is scraped or if a joint is over-flexed. Knee and elbow injuries may also include damage to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that make up the functional parts of your joints.
Neck, back, and muscle injuries can lead to partial or full paralysis. Any injury that involves the spinal cord is very risky and a common cause of paralysis. It is possible to recover from some forms of paralysis. However, other forms of paralysis are life-long and permanent.
Fractures are very common and can happen in any bone from the fingers to the toes. A person may break many bones and have multiple fractures from any motorcycle accident.
Your head is the most valuable part of your body. Without a functioning brain, you are dead. Skull fractures and severe brain damage may result from a motorcycle accident and this can kill a person. You and any rider must, at all times when riding on your motorcycle, wear a full-size helmet with a chin guard that is in good condition, sized correctly, and rated for superior safety.
The Effect of Shock
If you are involved in an accident and survive, you are likely to feel the effects of shock. The adrenalin in your blood, which is released due to stress, causes a rush of energy that may mask how seriously injured you might be.
Some people experience a sensation of giddy euphoria after surviving an accident where they could have been killed. They may become overly emotional, laughing or crying intensely.
No matter how you feel after a motorcycle accident, it is important to go for a health check-up even if you are not hurt badly enough to be taken to the emergency room.
Your doctor should run some tests and take X-rays to make sure nothing is broken and to ensure there is no internal damage that cannot be seen from outside the body.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, call (877) 776-9558 to speak to a personal attorney for a free consultation. What you say and do after an accident can harm your rights to receive compensation for your injuries or loss. Talk to your lawyer before you talk to anyone else.