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5 injuries motorcyclists may suffer in car or truck crashes

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motorcycling holds a special allure. There is nothing quite like the sense of freedom or the escape from routine.

However, not everyone on the road is responsible. Motorcyclists are at higher risk for serious injuries when cars or trucks collide with them.

Head injuries

Head trauma is one of the most common and serious injuries motorcyclists may suffer. Even with helmets, riders are at risk of concussions, traumatic brain injuries or skull fractures. These injuries can lead to long-term cognitive impairment or even death.

Spinal cord injuries

The force of impact in a collision can cause severe damage to the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis or loss of motor function. Spinal cord injuries can significantly impact a motorcyclist’s quality of life, leading to permanent disability and requiring extensive medical care and rehabilitation.

Fractures and orthopedic injuries

The impact of a collision can subject motorcyclists to fractures and orthopedic injuries in various parts of the body, including the arms, legs, ribs and pelvis. These injuries can be painful. They may require surgery, physical therapy and prolonged recovery periods. They affect a person’s mobility and ability to perform daily activities.

Internal injuries

Collisions between motorcycles and larger vehicles can also cause internal injuries, such as organ damage, internal bleeding or punctured lungs. These injuries may not be immediately apparent but can have serious consequences if left untreated. Seek medical attention promptly after an accident.

Soft tissue injuries

Road rash occurs when the skin scrapes against the pavement upon impact. It can range from mild abrasions to deep lacerations requiring skin grafts and may increase the risk of infection. Additionally, soft tissue injuries such as bruises, sprains and strains are common and can cause significant discomfort and limited mobility.

Collisions between motorcycles and cars or trucks can result in a wide range of injuries. Motorcyclists and their families may have several avenues to seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.