Motorcyclists involved in accidents on the road are more than 20 times more likely to die as a result of the accident than individuals involved in auto accidents. If they survive, they may still receive serious injuries. Here is a list of injuries common to motorcycle accidents in Indiana and across the United States.
An injury to the lower extremities is common to riders who experience an accident while on a motorcycle. The feet, ankles, knees and calves are especially vulnerable for motorcyclists. These injuries often pose no threat to the life of the motorcyclists but can result in short or long-term disability.
Many people think of road rash immediately when the subject of injuries to motorcyclists arises. These injuries occur when the body of the rider scrapes across pavement. Road rash is a much more serious injury than a bruise or scrape because it can damage multiple layers of skin. Protective clothing can add extra layers to motorcyclists.
It is natural for humans to use their hands to brace for a fall, but this position can cause the hands and arms of the motorcyclist to absorb a great deal of impact. Bone and nerve damage are often the result of these types of injuries.
Concussions and skull fractures are also dangerous injuries that are common to motorcycle accidents. Wearing a helmet at all times will reduce the damage experienced if the head of the cyclist hits the pavement.
An auto accident on the road can cause a serious and immediate disruption to the life of an injured victim. A motorcycle accident victim may enjoy a better chance at securing the compensation they need by working with a personal injury attorney.