Cycle Compensation Claims – Injury Payouts
When a motorbike accident happens, the motorbike rider or cyclist usually comes off worse. The metal cage surrounding occupants of a motor vehicle, multi-air bags and seat belts afford greater protection.
The most common type of motorbike accident injury is to the head – a closed head injury where upon impact there is a violent movement of the head which causes the brain to move around in the skull, causing damage upon impact together with stretching and squeezing the brain tissue and blood vessels.
Other common types of motorbike accident head injuries to bike riders are from shearing forces which involve a rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head (similar to whiplash injuries in a motor vehicle).
However it appears that the most common type of injury to the bike rider is to the lower limbs.
In a study in the USA the most common diagnoses of all motorcycle related emergency department visits were:
– fractures (27%)
– contusions (16.3%)
– sprains and strains (13.7%)
– open wounds (12.1%)
– superficial injuries (10.7%)
On average there are about 600 bikers a year killed on our (UK) roads and 7000 serious injuries. Head injuries are the main cause of death and serious injuries. A bike rider is 45 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than a car driver.
Common Types Of Motorbike Accident Injuries
A report by the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Centre were of the view that lower limb injuries were the most common injuries sustained by motorcycle accident riders in crashes and often lead to extended and costly medical treatment and permanent disability.
Fractures were the most common lower extremity injury and were diagnosed in 52% and 42% of riders with nonfatal and fatal injuries, respectively. Over a third of all fractures were to the tibia or fibula.
Drivers and passengers did not differ in their risk for lower extremity injuries. Multiple-vehicle collisions resulted in a higher risk of lower extremity injuries than did single-vehicle collisions. The highest risk for lower extremity fractures was observed among riders in broadside collisions in which another vehicle struck the motorcycle (risk ratio = 2.7).
Despatch Riders – A Dangerous Motorbike Occupation!
In another study regarding motorbike accidents to bike riders, 46 patients admitted with lower limb fractures following a motorcycle accident were Despatch Riders. Ten of the despatch riders were injured in the final year of the study.
The most common type of head injury in is a closed head injury where upon impact there is a violent impact to the head which causes the brain to move around in the skull, causing damage upon impact together with stretching and squeezing the brain tissue and blood vessels. Other common types of injuries to bike riders are from shearing forces which involve a rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head (similar to whiplash injuries in a motor vehicle).