The increased danger of riding a motorcycle is not a myth. Severe injuries are about 10 times more likely to occur in a motorcycle crash than a passenger car crash, according to one study. In addition, the medical costs a victim might incur in a motorcycle wreck are often significantly higher.
This makes sense. Motorcycles simply do not offer the type of protection that cars provide, leaving a rider or passenger quite vulnerable. So which types of injuries are most common in motorcycle crashes?
Where injuries might occur
There are two aspects to consider when it comes to motorcycle crash injuries. The first is where on the body a rider might be injured. Of course, head injuries are much more likely if someone is not wearing a helmet, but either way, other body parts remain exposed. This includes:
- The chest area (known as the thorax)
- The abdominal region
- Upper and lower extremities
- The spine
- The neck
Common types of injuries
The phrase “bumps and bruises” does not do justice to the pain and suffering motorcyclists often face following a wreck. The wounds are often much more serious.
For example, rib fractures are the most common type of thoracic injury, according to one medical article, and are often associated with additional severe abdominal damage. Other types of injuries that can result from a motorcycle crash include:
- Broken bones/fractures
- A traumatic brain injury
- Bruising and lacerations
- Internal injuries
In severe cases, these can result in paralysis, amputation or some other life-altering restriction. Surgery is often necessary, even for only moderate injuries. Of course, complications that keep you down for even longer – infections, side effects, rehabilitation, etc. – are also possible.
As a motorcyclist, you can do everything in your power to remain safe and protect yourself. All it takes is one negligent road user to change your life forever.