When you are riding a motorcycle, it is just you, your bike, and the road. The only thing separating you from the elements are the clothes on your back and any protective gear you have chosen to wear. While this is the reason many people love riding motorcycles, it is also the reason that motorcyclists and their passengers are at such a significant risk of sustaining an extremely serious injury when they are involved in accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are six times more likely to be injured when they are involved in an accident than people in passenger vehicles. Here are some of the more common serious injuries that people sustain in motorcycle accidents. For more information, call our office today.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – When motorcyclists are thrown from their bike and hit their heads on the ground or another object, they can often sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) – even if they are wearing a helmet. Even mild TBIs can cause serious issues that last for months, and more severe cases often leave victims with cognitive disabilities that affect them for the rest of their lives.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that is responsible for transmitting electrical signals between the brain and the rest of the body. When someone sustains a spinal cord injury, it can result in loss of sensation, muscle weakness, pain, and even paralysis below the site of the injury. These injuries can occur when motorcyclists sever or injure their spinal cords in the course of an accident.
- Accidental Amputations – Motorcycle accidents often involve tremendous forces that car result in part of a motorcyclist’s body being accidentally amputated. In other cases, limbs or other body parts are so badly injured that they are beyond repair and must be surgically removed.