Riding a motorcycle can be a very enjoyable experience, but it can also be incredibly dangerous. Motorcycles are less stable than cars and don’t offer the same level of protection. And when driving one, it’s just you and the open highway. If you’re not careful and an accident occurs, you could sustain serious injuries. To keep you informed and safe, here are five common motorcycle injuries that we see on a regular basis.
Falling off your motorcycle at fast speeds can cause you to skid across the road surface. Consider yourself lucky if you walk away with only a road rash. These skin abrasions can be rather painful and can even leave permanent scars on your skin. Road rash can also take a significant amount of time to heal.
Since there is no shell protecting your body like there is with a car, your exposed limbs such as your wrists, arms and your legs can easily become fractured or crushed in a motorcycle accident. The severity of the injuries and recovery time will depend on the force exerted and the location of impact.
The majority of motorcycle accidents result in severe and irreparable damage to the organs. A sudden blow or even a simple wipe out can result in serious internal injuries to the liver, kidneys, and spleen. It’s even possible to puncture a lung or rupture the diaphragm making it difficult to breathe.
Both blunt force trauma and penetrating trauma can occur in a motorcycle injury. When the body collides with something at a high speed or debris penetrates the body, an internal injury can occur. If a blood vessel is torn, internal bleeding can start and if not treated, can lead to death.
Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries
Serious accidents can cause devastating results. Spinal cord injuries are of the most severe with loss of function in the lower body, permanent paralysis, and even the loss of one’s ability to speak or breathe independently. Did you know that motorcycle accidents are also one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in Canada? Some cases can be more severe than others, ranging from memory loss to brain bleeds, causing devastating long-term impacts.
Some of your medical expenses may be covered by OHIP, but certain drugs, long term care, caregiver costs, and loss of income are not. If your motorcycle injuries have been caused by someone else’s negligence, you should seek legal advice immediately. Our team at Zuber Brioux can help you pursue maximum compensation for your loss of wages and future wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses. Contact us today!