As the hotter summer days in the Pacific Northwest start to cool off and head into the autumn months, motorcyclists continue to enjoy the open roads of Oregon and SW Washington. Riding a motorcycle is often a freeing and exhilarating experience, but motorcyclists still put themselves at risk when traveling alongside larger cars and trucks. Even if you ride your motorcycle safely and responsibly, accidents still occur. Here are a few of the most common types of motorcycling accident injuries and what steps you can take to support your recovery following a motorcycling injury.
Injuries to the Lower Extremities
Unlike traveling in a car or other enclosed vehicles, riding a motorcycle makes your legs more vulnerable to severe injury. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “lower-extremity injuries were the most common injuries sustained by motorcyclists.” A collision significantly impacts a motorcyclist’s legs and pelvis, leading to broken bones, deep lacerations, and other complications. Fortunately, the NHTSA report found that approximately 81 percent of motorcycle accident victims with lower-extremity injuries were discharged home after acute hospital care, signaling that recovery, while lengthy, is often possible.
Arm, Shoulder, and Back Injuries
Motorcyclists may experience significant injuries to the upper extremities as well. Older, heavier motorcycles tend to have wide handlebars, leaving the upper body more susceptible to injury than the lower body in the event of a crash. Additionally, motorcycles can easily flip over upon impact, causing damage to the upper and lower extremities. Broken arms and ribs, back injuries, and abdominal injuries can all develop as the result of a motorcycle collision.
Motorcyclists recognize the importance of wearing a safety helmet while on the road. However, helmets can only protect your head from injuries to a certain extent. Many motorcycling accident victims suffer concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and other head wounds caused mainly by the force of the collision. Head injuries can be difficult to diagnose, so it’s essential that you visit your doctor after an accident to understand the full extent of your injuries.
The compassionate personal injury attorneys at Henderson Taylor Law Firm are here to support your financial and emotional recovery following a motorcycle or auto accident. Call our Vancouver office today at (360) 737-1478 to learn more.