There are many reasons as to why people enjoy riding motorcycles. The wind in your hair, the open road, the sense of freedom to just name a few. However, riding a motorcycle carries with it much more risks than driving a vehicle. This is because the inherent protection that is available by driving a vehicle is unavailable in a motorcycle (for example seatbelt and airbags). And while car accidents can lead to serious injury, motorcycle accident injuries have higher rates of fatality. While some injuries can happen in both types of accidents, there are certain injuries that happen more frequently in motorcycle accidents. We are not saying that these types of injuries never occur in car accidents but happen usually to motorcyclists who have been involved in an accident.
Road rash is a term that refers to a “rash” that is developed due to a motorbike rider falling offer their bike and sliding across the road. Depending on the level of protective gear a motorcyclist may have or how the motorcyclist fell off of their bike, the severity of the injury varies. The “rash” includes cuts, scrapes, bruises, skin irritations, nerve damage and sometimes infections that occur from the damage.
Biker’s arm is a term that refers to nerve damage sustained in the arm when the motorcyclist falls off their bike. Since motorcyclists do not have a protective shell around them, the likelihood of them ejecting from the vehicle is much higher than those in a car accident. It is human nature to use arms to brace for impact, however, the pressure from the fall leads to injuries in the arm and shoulder such as fractures and nerve damage.
As previously mentioned, with no seatbelt, airbag, or protective metal shell around them, motorcyclists have a much higher likelihood of being ejected from the vehicle. Landing in awkward positions can cause severe leg injuries that also involve the feet, ankles, and knees. Depending on the impact of injury, many of these bones become fractured and can cause permanent disability.
It is common sense that head injuries are probably the most common injury that motorcyclist and car drivers suffer when they are in a severe accident. Brain injuries can be minor such as cuts and bruises to more serious like concussions. Any injury to the head sustained in an accident should be checked out at a hospital immediately even if the driver or motorcyclist feels fine. Many concussions symptoms never manifest or appear later. However, something that is unique to motorcyclists is hearing loss. This article goes into depth about how riding a motorcycle can cause damage to the eardrum. Therefore, in a severe accident, an impact to the head can cause an already fragile eardrum to burst
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own and suffered severe injuries, you might be entitled to compensation to help cover the costs of your injury and future earning potential. For more information contact one of our motorcycle accident attorneys.