Top 5 Motorcycle Injuries
Every time you climb onto your motorcycle, you’re taking a risk. Dangerous road conditions, negligent motorists, and inclement weather can increase that risk, but a devastating motorcycle crash can happen even in the best conditions. The chances of sustaining an injury in such a crash are higher than in a car accident, and many times those injuries are more severe.
Here are the top 5 motorcycle injuries we encounter, along with some tips for protecting yourself:
- Head injury—With no seatbelt to protect you in a motorcycle crash, your body is going to hit the ground. And where the body goes, the head follows. Many motorcycle accident victims suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as a result of impact, which can lead to serious ongoing medical issues. That’s why you should always wear a DOT-approved helmet. These helmets are designed to take the brunt of the impact, potentially protecting you from a TBI.
- Road rash—Road rash is exactly what it sounds like—severe abrasions caused by sliding on road surfaces. Wearing proper riding pants, boots, and jacket can minimize the severity of road rash in the event of an accident.
- Breaks and Fractures—It doesn’t take much to break or fracture a bone, especially on a motorcycle, which is why they are one of the most common motorcycle injuries we see. Unfortunately, the only way to avoid bone breaks is to avoid accidents, which is not always possible.
- Muscle damage—A severe motorcycle accident can cause long-lasting muscle damage that can impact several facets of your life, including your ability to work. Like breaks, muscle damage is unavoidable in a motorcycle crash.
- Burns—Motorcycle engines run hot. If you’re trapped underneath your bike, you could sustain severe burns if your skin comes in contact with the engine. Proper riding gear can serve as a protective barrier between you and the bike until help arrives.
Motorcycle accidents can result in significant injuries. Getting fully compensated for those injuries can be tough without a lawyer. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t go at it alone. Call one of our Arkansas motorcycle personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.