Injuries Motorcyclists Can Expect in a Crash
Motorcycles, of course, generally lack most of the basic features that keep drivers and passengers of other motor vehicles safe on the road, like airbags and seat belts. If you’re in a motorcycle crash, you, as the motorcyclist, will invariably sustain more severe injuries, which can include any of the following:
Brain and Head Injuries
About 69,000 people died due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2021, and motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle wrecks, stand as a leading cause of such injuries. Because of the design of most motorcycles, a biker’s head is left completely uncovered and thus vulnerable in a crash.
Wearing a properly-fitted and approved helmet reduces the risk of a fatal brain or head injury, of course, but it does not eliminate the risk of a TBI or other head injury altogether, and the consequences of one can range from persistent headaches to mood changes, seizures, and even functional limitations.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Your spinal cord runs from the base of your skull down to just above your waistline. It consists of a bundle of nerves responsible for transmitting signals from the brain that correspond to movement or taking some other form of action. The spinal cord also transmits sensory information to the brain about your body and environment.
Aside from protective clothing, there are no significant means through which you can protect your spinal cord in the event of a crash. Being thrown from your bike or landing on your back can lead to serious damage. Temporary harm to your spinal cord alone can lead to a loss of sensation in your arms or legs, whereas permanent damage can lead to a loss of the use of your arms or legs altogether.
Broken Hips and Broken Leg Bones
While your arms and hands are at risk of injury in a crash, so too are your hips and legs. An injury to your hips, femur, or the smaller bones of your lower legs, can be incapacitating and require significant time to heal. Boots and other protective garments may protect against some minor injuries, but a forceful-enough motorcycle crash can fracture or completely break the bones that comprise your hips or legs.
Lastly, if you are thrown or knocked off your bike during a crash, there is a chance you may slide across concrete or pavement and thereby suffer road rash, an abrasion caused by exposed skin being scraped off as it gets dragged across a road’s surface. Anyone who has skinned their knee as a child knows that, while rarely fatal, skin abrasions can be painful, and road rash is no exception.
There is also a risk of infection if dirt and debris enter the open wounds left behind by the impact, though you can reduce the likelihood of road rash by covering up your body with protective attire that covers as much of your body as possible.
Nevertheless, no matter your injuries, Sands Law is the Rhode Island motorcycle accident law firm you’ll want to trust with your personal injury case. Part of our comprehensive investigation of your case involves understanding the nature and extent of your injuries and connecting them to your crash via collected evidence, a crucial step that enables us to pursue all of the compensation you rightfully deserve for your injuries.
When a competent Rhode Island motorcycle accident attorney is at your side, they can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Learn why others have trusted Sands Law to handle their case by contacting us today.