Motorcycles are the most at risk on roadways as they are smaller than other vehicles and riders lack the protection that those in vehicles have. In a collision with a vehicle, a motorcyclist faces some serious injury risks. It is not uncommon for a motorcycle accident to result in the death of the rider.
Some of the worst injuries a motorcycle rider may suffer are to the head, neck, back and spine. These injuries may range from minor to severe. Many of these injuries will result in lifelong complications. It often depends on the safety gear a rider was wearing at the time of the accident, the type of vehicle with which the motorcycle collided and the circumstances of the accident, such as speed.
Piedmont HealthCare explains that head injuries are common, especially if a rider does not wear a helmet. Helmets can help prevent injuries such as skull fractures, which can lead to serious traumatic brain injury. Even with a helmet, though, a rider faces a high likelihood of a concussion.
Helmets also offer good protection against spinal injuries, especially those near the top of the spinal cord that can lead to paralysis from the neck down. A cervical spine fracture often leads to permanent paralysis, which may affect any part of the body.
There is also a potential for injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones that can cause long-lasting issues. Chronic pain is often an issue after motorcycle accidents, according to Garden State Pain Control. Back injuries are notorious for causing pain that lasts throughout a lifetime.
Not only are injuries from a motorcycle accident most likely to occur to the head, neck and spine, but they also often require extensive medical care, including long-term care. In the event of paralysis, the costs extend to everyday needs, such as a special vehicle and home renovations to accommodate a wheelchair.