Motorcycles can be fun. They are lightweight and open. It is no wonder why motorcyclists enjoy cruising the open road. The same reasons that make motorcycles fun, however, also make them more dangerous than other vehicles. Motorcycle riders lack even the basic protections afforded by cars and other enclosed vehicles. There are no walls to absorb impact in the event of a crash. There are no seatbelts to protect against being ejected from the vehicle. There are no airbags that can cushion the blow of an impact in the event of a crash. Because of this, when motorcycles are involved in an accident, those riding are much more likely to bear the brunt as far as the worst of the crash-related injuries are concerned.
Common Motorcycle Accidents Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can leave those involved with truly devastating injuries. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Road rash
- Facial fractures
- Broken bones
- Limb amputation
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Road rash is perhaps the most prevalent of the common motorcycle accident injuries. While many have heard of road rash, few understand just how severe this type of injury can be. Road rash occurs when a motorcycle occupant makes an impact on the pavement. It is far from something like skinning your knee. Road rash can run much deeper than your run-of-the-mill cuts and scrapes. It can leave the skin severely damaged and the entire area deeply bruised. Failure to seek immediate and proper medical attention to treat road rash can lead to serious medical complications. The skin can become further irritated and infected. You might sustain nerve damage to the surface of the skin.
Head trauma is another common and serious injury that occurs in motorcycle accidents. In fact, it is the leading cause of motorcycle fatalities. In some cases, head trauma can also lead to a traumatic brain injury. If you have hit your head in a motorcycle crash, seek immediate medical attention. Sometimes, the full force of the head trauma or TBI symptoms may not present for several days, but immediate medical attention can help further complications from arising. Untreated head trauma can lead to long-term and even permanent disability.
North Dakota Personal Injury Attorneys
When you are out on your motorcycle, make sure you are taking the proper precautions. Wear protective gear such as clothing made of durable material and a helmet. Sometimes, despite how careful we are out there on the road, we end up hurt due to someone else’s negligent or outright reckless behavior. If you are injured in a crash on your bike, you can count on the team at Pringle & Herigstad to fight for your legal right to receive full and fair compensation for the harm you have suffered. Contact us today.