When motorcyclists are involved in collisions, they are very likely to sustain injuries due to the open nature of motorcycles. However, certain motorcycle accident injuries are more common than others.
The following are the five most common motorcycle accident injuries:
#1 - Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Washington State law requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet at all times in order to protect the head from injury. Helmets can certainly help to protect motorcyclists, but they won’t necessarily be able to prevent all head injuries in the event of a serious accident.
At least 54% of riders who suffer TBIs do not survive to tell their story.
#2 - Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries have the potential to result in paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia). Catastrophic injuries of this nature often result in permanent disability for the victim.
#3 - Lower-Extremity Injuries
These types of injuries are the most common injuries that motorcycle riders sustain in accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Leg injuries are the most common type of lower-extremity injuries, and bone fractures are more likely than soft-tissue injuries.
#4 - Internal Injuries
Internal organ damage and internal bleeding can be the result of blunt-force trauma or penetration trauma.
Blunt-force trauma typically results from a blow from a hard object or surface that doesn’t break the skin. Penetration trauma typically results when something sharp, like a piece of broken glass or debris, penetrates the skin.
#5 - Fractures
Motorcycles require the rider’s stability in order to stay upright, which means it is common for motorcycles to fall over in the event of a crash. If the rider’s leg gets trapped beneath the bike as it falls, injuries are likely. It’s also common for wrists and arms to sustain fractures when riders try to catch themselves in order to break a fall.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, you may be owed compensation. Let us see if we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Give our Kent personal injury attorney at Dore Law Group, PLLC a call today at (253) 236-3888 to discuss your case.