Motorcycle Accident Common Injuries

Compared with car drivers, motorcyclists are more susceptible to serious injuries caused by other drivers, defective roadway design, harsh weather conditions and product defects. Unfortunately, there are other causes too, such as losing control, bad driver behavior and motorists who fall asleep or are under the influence of alcohol, medication or a controlled substance. No two motorcycle accidents are alike. Statistics show that generally a combination of factors cause motorcycle accidents.

Injuries commonly caused by motorcycle accidents include:

Head injury (this risk is substantially reduced by wearing properly fitting, standards-approved head protection)
Spinal injury
Fractured hip
Amputation or dismemberment
Road rash (this can be minimized through the proper use of motorcycle-specific protective apparel, such as a leather jacket or reinforced denim and textile pants)
Biker’s arm (where nerves in the upper arm are damaged during a fall, causing a permanent paralysis of arm movement)
Brain damage
Broken bones (most common being shoulders and pelvis)
Burns and scars
Eye injuries or blindness
Facial disfigurement (full-face helmet decreases the potential for facial injuries)

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