Motorcycle accidents present unique dangers to the rider due to the nature of the vehicle and the circumstances of these accidents.
Because motorcycle riders are generally protected only by a helmet and clothing, crashes often have devastating outcomes.
Typical injuries in motorcycle crashes
Unlike collisions involving passenger vehicles, motorcycle crashes are far more likely to result in impact injuries. Even the best protection cannot match the crash protection of a passenger vehicle, and in some cases, riders head on the road without helmets or any protective clothing at all.
Injuries common to motorcycle accidents include:
- Road rash
- Head trauma, including traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones and limb loss
The impact of collision may send a motorcyclist off his or her vehicle, and the momentum of the impact can cause the rider to collide with surrounding objects, including other vehicles, barriers, dividers or hard pavement or gravel.
Motorcycle injuries may require a great deal of medical care and extensive recovery. Because these accidents are far more likely to result in fatalities than other vehicular accidents, injuries tend to be serious.
Accidents can occur even when a motorcyclist wears protective gear and engages in safe driving behavior. Other vehicles are often responsible for accidents involving motorcycles, either because they did not see the motorcycle or made a roadway error that resulted in a crash.
Those injured in motorcycle accidents have recourse. Accident victims can seek compensation for coverage of their medical bills and rehabilitation if another party holds responsibility.