With its fantastic weather and beautiful highways, Florida is a fun place to ride a motorcycle. Unfortunately, Florida also has one of the highest rates of motorcycle accident fatalities in the country. Because motorcycles do not offer the crashworthiness or protection that a car or truck does, injuries from motorcycle accidents can be serious and life-altering. Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
The most common injury in a motorcycle accident is a head injury which can range anywhere from a mild concussion to severe trauma to the brain. Damage to the brain can be debilitating and life-threatening. The importance of wearing a helmet cannot be overstated. Use of a motorcycle helmet can significantly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury.
Fractures, especially of the leg, are very common in motorcycle accidents. Because a motorcycle is on two wheels, most motorcycle accidents result with the motorcycle and the rider hitting the pavement. The result is that the motorcycle falls on the rider’s leg causing a fracture. Arm and wrist fractures are also common since most riders will naturally try to break their fall by throwing their arms and hands out.
Motorcycles don’t provide the protective barrier that a car does so there is nothing to prevent a motorcyclist from making contact with the road in an accident. Road rash is a skin injury caused by sliding contact with the pavement. Depending on the nature of the accident, road rash can range in severity like burns from first-degree surface injuries to third-degree complete removal of the skin. Protective measures such as kneepads, gloves, and jackets can help reduce the chance of road rash.
Motorcyclists who are struck from behind or thrown backward off a bike can sustain serious neck injuries like whiplash, even if they are wearing a helmet. Neck injuries can cause serious damage and even paralysis in severe cases.
Damage to internal organs or internal bleeding can be caused by the blunt force trauma that occurs when a motorcyclist makes contact with the roadway. Internal injuries can also occur if something sharp like broken glass or debris penetrates the skin.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Contact the trusted personal injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule your free consultation.