If a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the type of injuries they sustain can vary greatly depending on the impact. How the collision occurred, the speed of the motorbike and other elements can all affect the type of injury, the severity and where on the body has received damage.
In this article we will take a close look at five of the most common motorbike injuries that appear following a motorbike accident.
1) Head Injuries
Head injuries can be one of the most common results of a motorbike accident and also one of the most serious. The head and neck region is one of human’s most important body parts as it is critical for our day-to-day functioning. That’s why motorcyclists and cyclists are always recommended to wear approved helmets, a safety precaution that takes precedent over anything else. Helmets are extremely effective in cushioning the head from impact upon collision and can be the difference between the possibility of recovery and death. Head injuries can include concussions, skull fractures, lacerations and much more. Any injury to the head can be extremely serious and lead to life-long complications.
2) Road Rash
‘Road rash’ is a type of injury that can typically be considered exclusive to motorcyclists or cyclists. This injury forms on the skin when an unprotected part of the body collides with the pavement at force. If a motorcyclist comes off their vehicle following a collision, there is a chance that the speed of the collision will force them to slide along the hard ground. When skin is exposed to the ground in this way, cuts and scrapes can form. In some cases this can lead to long-term effects such as irritation, infections and nerve damage. As with helmets, motorcyclists are encouraged to wear thick clothing when taking to the road. Leather jackets, padded pants and thick gloves can reduce the risk of skin abrasions occurring should the motorcyclist crash and fly off their motorbike.
3) Hearing Loss
There are some motorbike injuries that seem obvious, but hearing loss is perhaps one that not too many think about. Hearing loss may not only occur as a result of a collision with another road user but also because of natural conditions. When driving at high speeds, more pressure is placed on the ears which can lead to eardrum damage. The danger is greatly improved in bad weather conditions such as high winds. While helmets are an essential piece of equipment to protect yourself, noise levels can increase while wearing a helmet due to the confined space. Ear plugs can help to protect your ears from high pressure.
4) Leg Injuries
Next up on our list of common motorbike injuries is those involving the lower body such as the legs, knees and feet. Compared to the upper body, here there is less chance of an injury causing death. However, that doesn’t mean that leg injuries can’t be serious. These type of injuries can still cause lasting damage which may also result in a negative impact on your overall physical and mental health. Leg injuries can affect your ability to return to normal life depending on the severity of the injury. In some cases, you may require surgery or amputation. This can leave you unable to walk on your own free will and the road to recovery can be long and challenging.
5) Bone Fractures
Several areas of your body can be prone to enduring a bone fracture, whether it’s your arms, hands or pelvis. In motorbike accidents, a broken leg is a very common cause. This often happens following a rough collision or if heavy weight crashes down on the motorcyclist’s leg. Unlike motorists, motorcyclists don’t have the protection of seatbelts and a stable interior to cushion their impact. In most cases, a collision will result in the motorcyclist detaching from their vehicle and colliding with a hard object. As well as broken legs, wrist and arm fractures can occur frequently when motorcyclists try to shield themselves upon impact.
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