Motorcycles offer less protection for riders than motor vehicles offer for occupants of passenger vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injuries or death. The types of injuries can vary widely in type and severity.
Fractures and broken legs are common motorcycle accident-related injuries. Broken legs have been reported as the most common hospitalized motorcycle accident injury. Wrist and arm fractures are also common for motorcycle accident victims. Additional types of fractures that may commonly be suffered by motorcyclists include shoulder and pelvis fractures.
A motorcycle accident victim may also suffer from road rash. Road rash refers to abrasions suffered in a motorcycle accident due to contact with the roadway. The severity of road rash can range from mild to severe, categorized by the degree of severity. Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, are also quite common in motorcycle wrecks. In fact, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reports that the leading cause of death and disability resulting from motorcycle accidents is caused by head injuries.
Motorcycle accident injuries can be debilitating, costly to treat, and have a significant impact on the future of the victim. They can also be fatal. Because of the major impact of motorcycle accident injuries, it is important for victims and their families to know what options are available to help them with their recovery and to potentially receive compensation for the damages they have suffered. Speaking with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney may be a great way to learn about those options.
Source: Livestrong.com, "Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents," Stephanie Chandler, Aug. 11, 2015