Given the vulnerability of motorcyclists on the road, the risk for devastating injuries in an accident is significantly higher.
Injuries to the upper and lower extremities are the most common.
Broken bones in the arms, wrists, and elbows often occur due to the crumple zone effect. The upper body takes a forceful hit when the bike crashes, and the extremities typically absorb the blow. With no surrounding barrier, the force behind the impact may throw the rider from their seat. Using the extremities to brace the fall will likely result in broken bones, lacerations, and bruises.
Injuries to the lower extremities are the most frequent, with the most commonly affected area being the lower leg. Motorcyclists overwhelmingly experience blindspot-related accidents that can lead to crushing when these accidents occur on congested roadways. Potential injuries may vary from broken bones and compound fractures to knee injuries and amputations.
Torso, spine, and head
The most deadly injuries occur from blunt trauma to the head, back, and abdomen. Motorcycle accidents often result in internal bleeding and broken vertebrae. While the helmet offers some support to the head, the risk for traumatic brain injury is still higher for riders than victims of an average car accident. Spinal injuries can lead to partial or complete paralysis depending on the location of the injury.
Even the most minor cases may result in heavy physical and financial burdens caused by lost income and medical bills.
Practicing motorcycle safety and remaining alert on the road are the best ways to avoid potentially catastrophic injuries.