Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Sep 26, 2016 in Motorcycle Accident News
Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than riding in a passenger car due to the obvious lack of protection. By practicing proper safety techniques and utilizing protective equipment, you can stay safe while riding. Knowing which injuries are most common among motorcyclists will help you best prepare for a safe ride.
Road rash occurs when a motorcyclist is thrown from his or her vehicle, and is sent sliding across the pavement. Concrete scrapes against exposed skin and clothing, causing sometimes extensive injuries. Road rash results in cuts and bruising and may cause permanent skin damage, skin infections and nerve damage.
To protect against road rash, motorcyclists should wear protective clothing such as leather gear, riding boots or other closed-toed shoes, and gloves.
Head injuries are the most common injury sustained in a motorcycle accident. These head injuries can be minor to deadly, commonly resulting in concussions and brain damage.
Neck injuries are also common and are closely related to motorcycle head injuries. Wearing a helmet offers increased protection of the head and neck – it is advised that helmets be worn anytime a motorcyclist is on the road.
Instinctually, a motorcycle rider will pull his or her arms around their bodies to lessen impact when thrown from a bike. This forces the arm to take the brunt of the impact, causing more damage to nerves in the area. Known as biker’s arm, this injury can cause permanent nerve damage. Wearing elbow pads and a sturdy leather jacket will best protect the arm in the event of an accident.
Muscle damage can occur anywhere on the body after a motorcycle accident. To avoid permanent muscle damage, protective gear should be worn when riding.
The eardrum is one muscle that should be protected when riding. Wearing earplugs designed for riding will protect the eardrum while allowing the motorcyclist to hear safely.
Injuries to the leg, knee and feet are common in motorcycle accidents. While not typically fatal, these injuries can result in permanent disability. Protective pants, knee pads and boots can prevent severe leg injuries.
If you have sustained a motorcycle injury in an accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Henness & Haight will guide you through the legal process, working hard to maximize your compensation.