Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury than any other motorist on the road. That's why our Winter Haven, FL attorneys take motorcycle accidents so seriously. We know how devastating the harm can be, and we fight for all of our clients to seek damages for injuries and property damage.
Below are some of the most common kinds of injuries sustained by motorcyclists. We'll offer some brief pointers on how you can protect yourself by gearing up properly as well.
Road rash refers to injuries to the skin caused by skidding along the road. The extent of these injuries can be severe, resulting in permanent scars and disfigurement. Road rash is most common on the arms and legs, especially if a motorcyclist isn't wearing long sleeves or pants. Road rash may also occur along the back and torso.
When you fall down, you instinctually put out your arms to break your fall. This can leads to serious damage to the nerves of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder as the force of impact travels from the ground into your body through your arm. This phenomenon is known as biker's arm, and it can impact your grip strength and arm sensation.
Broken bones are a common injury experienced by many people involved in serious collisions. The severity of the fracture can vary, though the worst possible fracture is known as a compound fracture. In these cases, the bone is broken and part of the bone structure protrudes the skin from an open wound.
Head Trauma and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Even if you are wearing a helmet, it's possible to suffer head trauma and brain injuries, especially in major vehicle impacts. Head trauma can lead to fractured craniums and facial injuries.
The serious danger, however, is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This covers everything from concussions to brain contusions and other kinds of injury to the brain. Serious blows to the head can lead to long-term brain damage that can impact your motor skills and cognitive function.
Damage to Internal Organs
A serious blow or impact to the body can damage the internal organs in innumerable ways. Some people may experience a collapsed lung following the collision, for example, or worse, a ruptured spleen. These internal organ injuries may not be readily visible, which is why immediate medical attention is crucial after an accident.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries may be the most serious kinds of injuries anyone can experience. There are comparatively minor back injuries one may suffer from, such as a ruptured disc or fractured vertebrae. If the spinal cord is damaged, however, this can result in paralysis, such as the loss of use of the lower extremities (paraplegia) and the loss of use of all extremities (quadriplegia), both of which are permanent and incurable.
Get Proper Riding Gear for Your Motorcycle
While injuries are likely when motorcyclists get into collisions, having the right attire and gear on can make a major difference. Be sure to always wear a helmet when you are on your motorcycle. It's also important that you wear a jacket, pants, and boots while you are on your bike. Gloves are also very helpful.
If you are willing to make an investment in your riding gear, there are full jumpsuits and under armors to consider that can significantly enhance your safety in the even of a crash. Speak with a local retailer in your area or do research online to find the right gear for you.