Many Massachusetts residents enjoy riding motorcycles, but accidents can happen that result in injuries. The following are the most common motorcycle accident injuries.
Traumatic brain injury
Motorcycle accidents can throw the rider and cause them to hit their head, sustaining a traumatic brain injury. TBIs are among the most common injuries stemming from motorcycle accidents. Many riders who have suffered brain injuries weren’t wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Spinal cord injuries
A motorcycle accident that results from a significant impact with another, larger vehicle can result in spinal cord injuries. A rider can be permanently disabled and be left paralyzed from the waist down or even from the neck down depending on the severity of the injury.
Road rash occurs when a motorcycle rider falls to the ground during an accident and their skin makes contact with the pavement. Road rash consists of serious skin abrasions that can be serious enough that they can lead to infection if not promptly treated.
Because motorcycles are open-design vehicles, the rider has no protection against the wind and noise. An accident can lead to hearing loss and damage to the inner ear. A helmet isn’t enough to protect against this injury as earplugs are also necessary to reduce the noise level from the road.
Many motorcycle riders who end up in accidents suffer from leg injuries such as fractures, sprains or serious cuts to the skin. Wearing the right type of pants and boots can help lessen the impact and lower the risk of such serious leg injuries occurring.
Internal injuries are commonly sustained by riders during motorcycle crashes. Organs can be nicked if there is an accident that involves penetration by an object or blunt force trauma. These injuries are serious and require immediate medical attention.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was the fault of another driver, you may be able to hold them liable. Filing a claim might result in compensation for your medical bills and other damages.