Riding a motorcycle can be a freeing and enjoyable experience and it is certainly more affordable and fuel-efficient than comparable automobiles, but due to the “exposed” nature of a motorcycle, injury of some kind in the event of an accident is statistically high enough that a sider should understand the potential risks and be prepared. Here are the 5 most common motorcycle accident injuries:
1. Head Injuries- From bruising and lacerations to cracked and fractured skulls, outwardly visible head injuries are extremely common and statistically more likely in the absence of a helmet, equipment which is illegal to skip out on wearing in the state of Louisiana.
2. Traumatic Brain Injuries – Perhaps more deadly than immediately visible head injuries, TMI’s range from concussions to more severe injuries resulting in the loss of cognitive function, memory, emotional stability and quality of life.
3. Broken Bones- As motorcycle riders can be thrown bodily from their vehicles in the event of collisions; broken bones of varying severity are common. With broken legs being the most common form of breakage, broken bones require reduction or complete removal of some activities from the victim’s daily life for the duration of the healing process, which can take months, require surgery, and heal in such a way that still negatively affects the victim’s ability to return fully to pre-accident wellness.
4. Road Rash – Because being thrown from your motorcycle in an accident is likely, road rash, which occurs when sliding or being dragged across pavement, can occur. Depending on how much protection clothing affords the rider, road rash can result in anything from bruising to cuts, scrapes, gashes, burn-like injuries, and nerve damage.
5. Neck Injuries- Usually occurring in conjunction with head injuries, neck injuries can vary from whiplash and collarbone breaks, to severe disc herniation, rupture, or other severe cervical spine injuries, all of which are exceedingly painful, and some of which are potentially permanently debilitating or fatal.
Motorcycles come with a lot of freedom, maneuverability, and affordability, but they also come with a potential for injury that is more present than in four wheeled enclosed vehicles. Part of the motorcycle owner’s responsibility is in understanding that risk and being as vigilant as possible when using their motorcycle. The best way to protect yourself in the event of an accident is to avoid them in the first place.