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Common Motorcycle Injuries

Common Motorcycle Injuries

People who ride motorcycles know that doing so puts them at greater risk for injury then riding in a car, but they choose to take that chance in exchange for the joy that they feel in the open air. There are a number of reasons why motorcyclists are vulnerable: though they may feel as if they have greater control of their vehicle, the truth is that it is much more challenging to maintain control of a two-wheel vehicle than of a four-wheel vehicle. There is also the obvious risk posed by not having the protection of a vehicle’s enclosure and having their bodies entirely exposed to both pavement and other vehicles. It is also important that motorcyclists stay vigilant at all times and obey the rules of the road. If you are injured as a result of another driver’s negligence and suffer any kind of motorcycle injury, it is important that you take appropriate action to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you get the compensation that you deserve. The attorneys at Philly Justice are experienced personal injury lawyers, and can help make sure your interests are well represented.

There is no doubt that the drivers of other vehicles often pose the greatest risk to motorcyclists, as many drivers either are negligent in their driving or even purposefully aggressive towards motorcyclists. There are many things that riders can do to cut down on their risks of suffering the most common motorcycle injuries. These include wearing a helmet, making sure that your motorcycle has an antilock braking system, and choosing a motorcycle that has a higher safety rating.  Though the list of injuries that can happen to a motorcycle rider when they are in an accident is as extensive as there are parts to the body, the specifics of the way that these accidents happen mean that some injuries happen more frequently than others. The three most common motorcycle injuries are:

Head and Neck Injury – Head injuries occur when a rider’s head hits the pavement or the other vehicle, and mean that riders run the risk of concussion, traumatic brain injury, and even death. The neck is always a serious risk to motorcycle riders, as it is completely exposed and if your head is snapped forwards or backwards by the force of an accident, you may end up paralyzed or killed. Even minor neck injuries can lead to a lifetime of pain.

Road Rash – This is a term that describes the injury caused by sliding across the pavement after a motorcycle crash. Skin is torn off, leaving an injury that is far more than a cut or scrape. There is a high risk of infection and nerve damage when a serious road rash occurs.

Biker’s Arm and Leg Injuries – When a motorcycle rider is thrown from their bike, their limbs are extremely vulnerable to the impact of the landing. It is natural to put one’s arm out to break a fall, and this can cause permanent muscle and nerve damage as well as broken limbs. Similarly, legs and feet can break and muscles can be torn in a landing.

People who do not ride motorcycles often do not understand its allure, or the risk that riders are willing to take for the freedom that they feel. But accepting a risk does not mean that you have to accept the consequences of somebody else’s negligence. If you have been harmed by another driver’s reckless or careless behavior then you have a right to compensation, and the attorneys at Philly Justice will fight to make sure that you get what you need and deserve. Contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.