It’s time to hit the tracks on your new motorcycle or get a ride in one. Whether you use a bike as your primary mode of transport or you use it during the weekends only, you ought to ensure safety. Usually, motorcycle crash victims tend to sustain more injuries than car users. This is because bike users usually have far less protection than those in cars.
According to the NHTSA, motorcycle operators need more skill and coordination than car drivers. The NHTSA also reports that 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in either injury or death. Here are four common injuries caused by bike accidents.
Considering that a bike does not safely encase the user, in case an accident occurs, the user makes contact with the surface of the road. The skin is thus vulnerable to road rash, which refers to skin abrasion. Road rash could be mild or severe, depending on the extent by which the skin peels off. When the skin surface appears red, this is known as a first degree. A second-degree road rash injury is when the upper surface is torn off, but the inner layers remain intact. A third-degree injury is when the road obliterates the skin, leaving the underlying layers of the fat and tissue exposed.
Muscle injury can occur anywhere on the body and might have permanent effects after a motorcycle accident. The worst result of damaged muscles is paralysis, which could tamper with your daily activities forever. Besides defensive driving, the other way you can protect yourself is by wearing the appropriate protective gear. Also, remember to seek medical attention immediately after an accident for early treatment.
Head injury is the most common injury resulting from motorcycle accidents, and it may be a concussion or brain damage. Your head is one of the most crucial parts of your body. It houses both the skull and the brain. Besides being the heaviest organ, the brain also controls most of the body’s activities. Thus, any damage to the brain is a recipe for disaster.
Neck injuries are also common in motorcycle accidents and are closely related to head injuries. A neck injury can paralyze or even kill. Therefore, protecting the head and neck is vital whenever you are behind the wheel of any vehicle. An essential safety tip is the use of a helmet. While this may sound basic, it could be the difference between life and death.
Motorcycles are unable to stand on their own. Thus, most motorcycle accidents cause the bike to fall over. Since accidents happen very fast, many are the times when the rider’s foot is left trapped under the bike. Therefore, leg injuries in motorcycle accidents are prevalent. They might also result in wrist and arm fractures since most riders will attempt to catch themselves. Shoulder and pelvis fractures are also common.
Every time you ride a motorcycle, remember that protection is paramount. Protective measures such as wearing a helmet lessen the risk of permanent injuries in the event of an accident thus increasing your lifespan. Avoid trying things you are not good at. Also, if you are involved in an accident, go to the hospital as soon as you can.