Motorcycle accidents can, in some ways, be more serious than any other type of motor vehicle accidents. In fact, it’s often noted that motorcycles are synonymous with danger and the dangers that can arise from riding them.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles are involved in fatal accidents. NHTSA also reports that motorcycles have a higher fatality rate per unit of distance traveled when compared to automobiles. (http://www.nhtsa.gov).
Many people find that motorcycles are very enjoyable to drive, despite the risks. These risks include that motorcycles are less visible than cars, are more vulnerable to road debris and uneven surfaces, are less stable than cars, and require a high level of skill and difficulty. But the injuries in motorcycle accidents can be quite different from those incurred in an auto accident. Here are some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents to watch out for;
- Head Injuries– some states require riders to wear a helmet when they ride, while others are more liberal. If you’re in an accident without a helmet, your chances for death increase by 76%. Even if you’re in a minor accident, like falling over at a slow speed, a lack of helmet may result in a serious concussion.
- Pelvic injuries– These injuries are surprisingly common for motorcycle drivers and passengers alike. They often result from the area of body coming into contact with the frame of the bike and the gasoline tank.
- Road Rash– Road Rash occurs when a biker’s skin comes into contact with the road. At best, this injury is horribly painful. At worst, it can cause permanent disfigurement and may require plastic surgery.
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries– these can result from being thrown from the bike. Spinal cord injuries can often result in paralysis and even death.
- Biker’s Arm– if a bike falls over, the rider can crush their arm under the bike typically resulting in injuries to the arm and shoulder. Sometimes, this can result in nerve damage to the arm.
If you, or a loved one, are involved in a motorcycle accident, give an attorney experienced in motorcycle accident law a call. Often, such consultations are free of charge.