The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more fatalities result from motorcycle accidents each year than from any other type of vehicle. This would seemingly imply that the injuries suffered during motorcycle accidents are more severe than those sustained during other types of accidents. This is not surprising given that motorcycles offer few protections against impact when compared to cars or trucks.
Here is a look at 3 of the most common injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident:
- Head trauma. While wearing a helmet may help reduce the risk of head trauma, the danger is still there. Fatalities and serious head injuries can still occur even while the rider is wearing a helmet. These injuries may include brain hemorrhaging, skull fractures and a long list of other traumas.
- Bodily injuries. Since the majority of a rider’s body is exposed during a motorcycle accident, it is not uncommon for the spinal cord to become damaged. When a spinal cord injury occurs, it is imperative that the injury is stabilized immediately to reduce the risk of further complications. Motorcycle accident victims that suffer spinal injuries may lose feeling or movement in some parts of their body. When the injury is severe, the victim may become permanently paralyzed following the accident.
- Face injuries. Upon impact, a number of motorcyclists are thrown off of their bikes. This may result in them colliding face first with the pavement or other objects. Facial injuries experienced during a motorcycle crash may include eye injuries, a broken nose, fractured cheekbones and broken or damaged teeth. These injuries may require extensive and costly treatment to avoid leaving the victim permanently disfigured. Depending on how quickly the accident occurs, the motorcyclist may attempt to extend their arm to break their fall and avoid injury. Unfortunately, the force of the impact often breaks their arms.
Everyone is responsible for ensuring the safety of local roads and freeways. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a motorcycle accident, it may be time to speak with an attorney. An accident attorney Portland Oregon like Patrick G. Cadiz may be able to listen to the facts of your case and help you determine how to move forward.