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The Most Common Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident

Posted on: October 26, 2016

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Injuries from a motorcycle accident are much more likely than from most other types of motor vehicle accidents. The only protection that you have is a helmet and riding gear. Injuries from a motorcycle accident range in severity from scrapes and abrasions to the potentially fatal. As a motorcycle rider, you can actually reduce the impact of injuries incurred during an accident by knowing what to guard against. In fact, recognizing common injuries could save your life.

Head and Neck

Head and neck injuries are not only the most common but also the most likely injuries to result in a fatality. Your skull protects one of your most vital organs – the brain. Common injuries to the head include concussion, swelling of the brain, fractures to the skull, and bleeding in the brain. Neck injuries are just as serious, as you could break your neck or end up paralyzed due to moving when there is damage to the spinal column.

Arm Injuries

“Biker’s arm” is one of the most common injuries from a motorcycle accident. The term describes typical injuries to the arms; such as broken bones, muscle, or nerve damage. When a motorcycle rider reacts quickly enough to being thrown from a bike, the rider will most likely extend the arms or cover the head in an attempt to minimize damage. However, doing so will result in the arms taking the most impact when the rider hits the ground.

Back Injuries

Back injuries from a motorcycle accident are often the most debilitating. Paralysis, loss of feeling in other limbs, nerve damage, or chronic pain are just some of the possible outcomes from a back injury. Investing in the best quality riding gear will help prevent back injury. However, if you are ever involved in an accident it is important that you do not make any sudden movements to get up, as doing so could make back injuries much worse.

Loss of Limb

Unfortunately, loss of limb is common in motorcycle accidents. If a limb is hit at high speed by another vehicle or damaged beyond repair as a result of an accident, amputation may be the only option. Wearing riding gear with built in armor for the legs and ankles will greatly reduce the damage to limbs during an accident. The cost of investing in the best riding gear available will pale in comparison to the medical costs and trauma you will have to deal with, should you suffer serious injuries from a motorcycle accident.

Find out if you have grounds for a personal injury claim, if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident. We have a live chat feature on our website, so you can get real time help and information at the touch of your fingertips.

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