Injuries commonly associated with motorcycle accidents

A motorcycle accident can be devastating to the rider, who is largely unprotected and exposed. LIVESTRONG magazine points out that 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries or death. Some of the more common injuries that can result from motorcycle crashes are fractured bones, so-called road rash, and head injuries.

Fractured bones often occur due to the extreme forces involved and the hard surfaces encountered during a crash. Motorcycles may be significantly smaller than cars and trucks, but they still weigh quite a bit. When riders lose control or are struck by other drivers, their motorcycles may end up on top of them. The weight of the vehicle can cause broken bones, particularly broken legs. Additionally, the natural instinct to reach forward in an effort to protect oneself when falling often leads to fractured wrists and arms.

Road rash is caused by exposed skin coming into contact with the gritty surface of the road at speed. It’s like repeatedly running rough sandpaper across the skin and can be very serious. The skin is the largest organ and is vital for protection against infection and regulation of several biological processes. Trauma to the skin from road rash can be life threatening if it is third degree, which is the complete removal of the skin across a certain area, exposing the tissues underneath.

Traumatic head injury is the biggest threat to motorcyclists who are struck or who lose control while riding. It is the leading cause of death and disability in motorcycle accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that motorcycle-related deaths have risen 55 percent since 2000 with the vast majority of those deaths resulting from head trauma.

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