The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycles offer riders an array of benefits, from the feeling of freedom of being on the road to significantly higher gas mileage than the average car or truck. However, these benefits come at a cost. The risk of injury and death is much greater in a motorcycle accident compared to a car crash.
A motorcycle accident attorney in New Jersey can be a valuable resource after an accident. We can review the details of your accident and injury and help you fight for the maximum compensation you need for your injuries. Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation if you suffered from one of the injuries listed below, or from another not listed here.
1. Bone Fractures
The most common bone fracture caused by a motorcycle accident is a broken leg. The bike will often fall over on one side or another when it crashes. The driver, unfortunately, bears the weight of a sudden fall on his or her leg.
Wrist and arm fractures are also common as bikers will often automatically attempt to break their fall with their arms when they realize they are going to tip over.
Pelvis and shoulder fractures are also common because of the lack of protection offered by motorcycles.
2. Head Injuries
Head injuries are prevalent in motorcycle accidents as there is nothing, other than a helmet, protecting this vital part of the body. Head injuries often cause long-term health issues and can be fatal.
Wearing a helmet is required in New Jersey, and research has shown that helmets can reduce the severity and number of head injury occurrences by half. It is essential to follow the law and wear an approved helmet every time you get on your bike.
3. Road Rash
Because there is usually nothing holding a rider to the bike, bikers are often thrown from their motorcycle in a crash. In these circumstances, the rider’s skin may come in contact with the pavement, which can cause an injury similar to rug burn on your skin, known as road rash.
Road rash removes layers of skin, and can lead to nerve damage and infections, both of which can result in long-term harm.
Having padded clothing and wearing long sleeves and pants can help protect against road rash. However, this type of motorcycle injury can occur even when you have clothing or protection over your entire body.
4. Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can also occur if a biker is thrown from his or her bike. While back injuries are common in every car accident, they are especially severe in motorcycle accidents. Spinal cord injuries can be extremely serious and may lead to a sharp decline in motor skills, including paraplegia and quadriplegia.
Back injuries can also lead to long-term back pain and limitations in mobility, even if the spinal cord is not directly affected.
5. Eye and Face Injuries
Your helmet should also have proper eye protection, or you should wear goggles to protect your eyes. Dust, gravel and other objects can fly into your eyes as you ride. These hazards can cause damage and may inhibit your ability to see properly, which can lead to serious accidents.
Even tiny objects that fly into your eyes at high speeds can result in damage to your cornea. In serious cases, it can also lead to blindness and long-term vision problems.
Contact a Motorcycle Lawyer in New Jersey
New Jersey has specific safety laws that are in your best interest to follow. Using extra protective gear and ensuring that you are always on the lookout for others can help prevent some of these common motorcycle injuries.
The Lynch Law Firm, PC assists clients who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. A personal injury attorney from our office can help you present your case to an insurance company, judge or jury. Schedule your free consultation to discuss your potential claim today.
Call (800) 518-0508 today.