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3 injuries motorcyclists are predisposed to

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Motorcycles offer a thrilling riding experience and a unique perspective on the road. However, motorcyclists are far more vulnerable in an accident compared to occupants of enclosed vehicles.

Due to the lack of surrounding protection, the force of a collision can cause significant injuries. Understanding the most common types of injuries that motorcyclists face can help riders prioritize safety measures and be aware of potential risks.

Head injuries

Even with a helmet, the head remains one of the most vulnerable parts of a motorcyclist’s body. A blow to the head during an accident can result in a wide range of injuries, from mild concussions to life-threatening hemorrhaging. The severity of the head injury will depend on the force of the impact, the angle of contact and whether the helmet is properly secured. This is why choosing a DOT-approved helmet that fits snugly is crucial.

Road rash and friction burns

When a motorcycle collides with a vehicle or the pavement, the rider can be scraped or skidded across the rough surface. This can result in road rash, a painful condition where the skin is scraped away, exposing the underlying tissues.

Friction burns are similar but caused by direct contact with the engine or exhaust pipe, leading to deeper burns. Wearing protective gear can significantly minimize road rash and burns.

Leg and lower body injuries

A motorcycle rider’s legs are particularly exposed in an accident. The impact with another vehicle or the ground can cause fractures, dislocations and ligament tears. These injuries can be debilitating and have long-lasting impacts on mobility. Wearing sturdy motorcycle boots that offer ankle and shin protection may significantly reduce the risk of leg injuries.

While these injuries highlight the inherent risks of motorcycle riding, it doesn’t mean motorists should abandon their two-wheeled adventures altogether. By taking necessary protective precautions, motorists can help enhance their safety. And, remember that in the event of a collision, motorists can pursue compensation for their injuries, if another’s negligence has caused their harm.

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