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The most common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation, providing riders with a sense of freedom and exhilaration on the road. However, along with the thrill comes a higher risk of accidents and injuries.

Motorcyclist accidents can be devastating and often cause serious injuries due to a lack of protection compared to enclosed vehicles. These are some of the most common.

Head and brain injuries

Head and brain injuries are among the most severe and common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents. Riders can suffer from concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and skull fractures, even when wearing helmets. Nonetheless, motorcyclists should always wear approved helmets, as they significantly reduce the risk of fatal head injuries. As a responsible rider, investing in a high-quality helmet can be life-saving.

Road rash and abrasions

Road rash is a painful injury that occurs when a rider’s unprotected skin makes contact with the road surface during an accident. These abrasions can range from minor scrapes to severe, deep wounds that may require skin grafting. Wearing appropriate protective gear such as leather jackets, pants and gloves can substantially reduce the risk of road rash and abrasions in event of a crash.

Broken bones and fractures

The impact of a motorcycle accident can exert tremendous force on a rider’s body, often leading to broken bones and fractures. The wrists, arms, legs and collarbones are particularly vulnerable in these situations. Safe riding practices can help reduce the risk of accidents and subsequent bone injuries.

Spinal and internal injuries

Spinal injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents can cause life-altering consequences, potentially resulting in partial or complete paralysis. To mitigate the risk of spinal injuries, motorcyclists should wear appropriate back protectors and practice defensive riding techniques. Additionally, installing anti-lock braking systems (ABS) on motorcycles can improve stability and reduce the likelihood of accidents that can lead to spinal injuries.

Internal injuries are often difficult to diagnose immediately after a motorcycle accident but can be life-threatening if left untreated. These injuries may include:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ punctures

In the event that a rider is involved in an accident; remember that seeking immediate medical attention, no matter how minor their injuries may seem, is crucial to identify and treat them properly. Seeking legal guidance is important, but only after a rider has received necessary medical treatment.