Earlier this month, Matt Grice, an impressive mixed martial arts fighter with a record of 15-5 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, underwent skull reattachment surgery to treat injuries sustained in a near-fatal Oklahoma motorcycle accident that took place several months earlier.
A few days after his surgery, Grice posted pictures of his face to his Twitter account. The photos showed how swollen and asymmetric his head became after undergoing the major surgical procedure. Grice’s skull reattachment surgery is just the latest procedure he has been forced to endure following the near-fatal motorcycle crash in which he was rear-ended by a car while riding in Oklahoma in September. He has also been forced to miss at least one UFC fight as a result of his injuries.
While his suffering is not uncommon for those who experience a motorcycle accident, in many ways Grice is lucky to have survived. According to a 2006 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while just 13.1 of every 100,000 cars were involved in fatal car accidents, a startling 72.34 of every 100,000 registered motorcycles were involved in fatal crashes. The fact that the rate of fatal accidents for registered motorcycles is more than 5.5 times that of registered cars indicates just how dangerous these accidents can be.
Though this accident did not claim a life, it does demonstrate the severity of injuries one can endure. Anyone who is injured in such an accident may want to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney who is experienced with motorcycle accidents
Source: Fighters.com, “Incredible Surgery for UFC Fighter Matt Grice,” Dana Becker, Dec. 17, 2013