Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
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As fun as riding a motorcycle is, an unfortunate reality is that motorcyclists are more likely to be injured if they are involved in an accident than someone in a car or truck. That is because motorcycles provide little physical protection from the elements, road hazards, or other vehicles.

While the number of injurious motorcycle accidents is on the decline, it is still vital for motorcyclists to be aware of the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them.

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accident injuries can range in severity depending on how severe the accident was and the type of protective gear the motorcyclist was wearing at the time. Generally, the most common injuries reported in motorcycle accidents include:

  •          Road Rash: If the motorcyclist slides across the pavement after an accident, skin that comes in contact with the pavement may be scraped or burned. Mild road rash generally heals without incident. More severe cases may require skin grafts to repair the damage.
  •          Brain Injuries: Most motorcyclists wear helmets, even if they are not legally required to do so. This is important because helmets significantly reduce the risk of brain injuries. Unfortunately, helmets do not guarantee that you will not suffer a head injury. Brain injuries can still occur when wearing a helmet, but they may be less severe.
  •          Leg Injuries: A motorcyclist’s legs and feet are particularly vulnerable if an accident occurs. The CDC estimates that nearly 30% of motorcycle injuries are to the lower extremities. Even something as simple as the bike falling over can cause a leg injury after an accident. In accidents, the lower extremities are the first points of contact with the pavement.
  •          Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries are among the most traumatic injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents. Helmets do not protect against spinal cord injuries, and impacts during a collision can still affect the neck and spine.

Remember, these are only examples of the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries. There are numerous possible injuries – mild to severe – that can impact a motorcyclist and/or passengers. If you suffer a motorcycle accident and require legal representation, at Vaziri Law, we can help. Call us!