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It is no surprise that injuries from a motorcycle accident are generally worse than those of other automobile crashes. Motorcycles offer no protection unlike your typical car. To make matters worse, motorcycles are much lighter and smaller than other vehicles, making them hard to spot on the road and more difficult to operate safely.
Operating a motorcycle can be a dangerous venture. Not only do you have to watch out for yourself but you have to anticipate other drivers as well. Below are the most common injuries that happen during a motorcycle accident.
- Road Rash
This is by far the most common injury that happens with motorcycle riders. It can be minor to extremely severe. Road rash is a skin abrasion that occurs when riders are thrown off their bike and skid across the pavement. Proper clothing should always be worn, as it is the best preventative measure from road rash. If road rash is severe enough it could need serious medical attention. If left untreated the risk of infection goes up.
- Broken Bones
With nothing to protect the rider, broken bones are another common injury. Unlike a car where you have airbags and seatbelts, these things are missing when riding a motorcycle. The most common bones that are broken in a crash are femurs, forewarms, shins, and pelvic bones. Being alert to your surroundings and not darting in and out of traffic helps prevent accidents.
- Head and Neck Injures
The bigger the engine is in your motorcycle, the more likely you are to get thrown off your bike, resulting in a head or neck injury. Head injuries are all too common, and many of them can be prevented by wearing the proper headgear. If you don’t wear a helmet then brain damage, facial disfigurement, or even death can happen. Wearing a helmet lessens your chances for these injuries to happen, but it doesn’t fully prevent them.
- Spinal Injuries
The thoracic, or upper torso, spine is the part of the spine that is the most commonly injured in a motorcycle accident. However, all parts of the spine can become injured in a crash. Often these spinal injuries result in some kind of permanent injury. This can be anything from chronic pain, nerve damage, paralysis, or even death. There are jackets designed with special padding to help protect your spine should anything happen.
If your gas tank spills during a wreck, you can end up with severe burns. Often these injuries require extensive treatments that can last a lifetime. Skin grafts often have to be performed making these some of the most expensive injuries to treat. Even wearing the right gear can often not be enough against the heat of a fire.
A motorcycle injury lawyer, like our friends at Cashio Injury Attorneys, LLC, know how serious these injuries are and are dedicated to helping you in your time of need. Motorcycle accidents are terrifying, and a lawyer can help you through the process of starting a claim.