Accidents involving motorcycles can be deadlier than a typical motor vehicle accident in Oklahoma. Here are some of the injuries that motorcyclists can incur and instructions on what to do after an accident.
Types of common motorcycle accidents
The most prevalent type of accident with a motorcycle is hitting a vehicle head-on. Unfortunately, many drivers have difficulty seeing lower-profile motorcycles. This causes them to pull in front of the much-smaller vehicle leaving the motorcycle rider no time to respond.
Additionally, debris left on roadways, including grass clippings or loose gravel, can cause a motorcycle to lose traction and stability. This situation can result in the motorcycle hitting a stationary object or another moving vehicle.
Types of injuries that happen in motorcycle accidents
Of all motorcycle accidents, about five percent are deadly. Because drivers and riders are often thrown from their bikes and lack the protection of a vehicle’s walls, injuries can be severe. Some of these injuries can include:
- Broken bones and lacerations
- Road rash or engine burns
- Spinal injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal bleeding
Steps to take after a motorcycle accident
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to keep calm and stay still if it is safe to do so. Try to assess yourself for any injuries, keeping in mind that they may not be immediately apparent. If you can move, it is a good idea to get yourself and your motorcycle out of the way of any traffic.
Call 911 to have the accident documented for insurance purposes and exchange information with other drivers involved. If you can, take pictures of the accident, and do not leave the scene until a police officer tells you that it is okay to do so.
Remember to drive defensively and watch out for obstacles on the road. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, call the police and document everything.