10 Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents You Should Be Aware Of
Motorcycles are extremely popular. They have a mystique that goes far beyond being a simple mode of transportation, providing their riders with an air of independence and self-confidence. Unfortunately, in addition to the bravado and freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle, so does a fair amount of risk. No matter how skilled you are as a rider or how much care you exercise while on the road, there is always the potential for getting into an accident with other vehicles whose drivers are not paying close enough attention or who are acting negligently. Because motorcycles offer no protection for their riders outside of the helmet and clothing that they are wearing, motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident and need help pursuing legal action against those responsible, contact the law firm of Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law today.
As a motorcycle enthusiast, you have probably spent a great deal of time learning everything you can about injury prevention. In addition to knowing what helmet provides you with the best protection and what bikes offer the greatest level of stability, it is important to understand the exact physical risk that you are facing. There are certain injuries that are most common when a motorcycle accident occurs, and these include:
- Concussion- There is a high risk that the rider’s head will crash into the ground, the other vehicle, or an object such as a sign, lamp, or highway barricade.
- Brain damage – Riders who do not wear a helmet are at particular risk of death or brain injury following an accident. Head and neck injuries make up roughly 22 percent of motorcycle injuries
- Broken joints and limbs – Arms, wrists and legs are frequently broken, and often as a result of the bike itself falling on top of the rider. These injuries often occur when a rider tries to break their fall
- Injuries to the legs and feet – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 30 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle injuries happen to the legs and feet.
- Broken shoulders – Shoulders and chest injuries occur in roughly 22 percent of motorcycle accidents
- Broken pelvis – The pelvis is one of the most frequently injured parts of the body in serious motorcycle accidents
- Spinal damage – When a rider is thrown from their bike or crushed by another vehicle, they run the risk of severe damage to the spinal cord and vertebrae
- Soft tissue damage (road rash) – This type of damage occurs when the body slides across the surface of the highway
- Biker’s arm – This is a highly specific injury that occurs when the nerves in the upper arm are damaged in a fall from the bike. Use of the arm is often permanently lost
- Facial disfigurement – When a motorcycle rider is not wearing a full face helmet and is in an accident, they run the risk of doing permanent damage when their face slides across the ground or crashes into a vehicle or object.
Motorcycle riders who suffer these types of injuries face high medical bills and long rehabilitation periods. If your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, call the Connecticut law firm of Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law today to see how we can get you compensation for the damage you’ve suffered.