Common Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident
- Posted on: Jul 15 2020
Motorcycles can be a lot of fun to ride, and for some people, they’re their main form of transportation. However, there’s also a risk to riding motorcycles. If you’re involved in an auto accident, you’re much more likely to be injured than if you were driving a car. Here are some of the most common injuries that occur from a motorcycle accident.
Fractures and Broken Bones
When you’re thrown from a motorcycle, even while wearing protective gear, it’s still easy to fracture or break a bone. During accidents, the motorcycle often falls over, trapping the rider’s leg under it. Having all of this weight hit the leg at once can easily break it. Riders also tend to try to break their fall with their arms, which can result in damage to the arm and wrist.
Road rash occurs when you go sliding across the road. The pavement causes cuts and scratches on any skin that isn’t covered by a jacket. In some cases, even light jackets or a long-sleeved shirt isn’t enough to protect you. The pavement can actually shred this light material. These injuries may leave behind permanent scars.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Being thrown from a motorcycle can cause damage to your spine. Some motorcycle riders are even left unable to walk after a serious accident. These injuries tend to be quite severe and require surgery or long-term hospitalization to recover.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Injury to the brain can also occur, especially if you’re not wearing a helmet. Even those who do wear helmets are still at risk of a brain injury, although that risk is greatly reduced. Traumatic brain injuries account for more than half of the deaths from motorcycle accidents. Those who survive often find themselves permanently affected by the injury.
Dealing with Auto Accidents and Recovery
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to seek compensation, especially if your injuries were severe. You may also need physical therapy. The team here at Maximum Orthopedics can help you with both. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.