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Common Motorcycle Wreck Injuries

Common Motorcycle Wreck Injuries


Motorcycle riders are more likely to be injured in accidents than their vehicle-riding counterparts. This is because motorcycles are less stable and lack advanced protection features that are standard in enclosed vehicles. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer understands these risks and knows the importance of seeking just compensation for the injured motorcyclist. Here are some of the most common injuries caused by a accident:

Road Rash

While road rash is one of the less severe injuries associated with a motorcycle accidents, it can nonetheless cause significant pain. Road rash typically results from the motorcyclist being thrown from the motorcycle and suffering from lacerations and abrasions from the rough pavement.

Traumatic Brain Injury

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that helmet use is 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident.  But even with a helmet, a severe blow can produce traumatic brain injury which results from brain swelling or hemorrhaging. Symptoms of TBI include:

  • Convulsions
  • Severe headache
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Changes in cognitive memory ability

Spinal Injuries

Spinal injuries can result in partial or total paralysis depending on the location of the damage on the spinal cord. Less severe injuries can include nerve damage, compromised mobility, and chronic back and limb pain.

Broken Bones

It is common for a motorcyclist to break a bone, especially when the accident involved a moving collision that caused ejection from the motorcycle. Depending on the severity, bone breaks may require lengthy rehabilitation and may cause permanent disability.

Motorcyclists can reduce the risk of injury by exercising caution with regard to anticipating the actions of other drivers on the road, conducting routine maintenance and safety checks of their motorcycle, and by wearing proper riding clothing and equipment. Unfortunately, despite these best efforts, sometimes an accident is unavoidable. When this happens, contact us.