Injury Patterns Among Hospitalized Motorcyclists

Injuries sustained due to motorcycle accidents can be severe. In fact, motorcycle accidents are 29 times more likely to cause fatal injuries. When a motorcyclist is lucky enough to survive a crash, it doesn’t mean that they’re out of the woods yet. Oftentimes, these accidents land riders in the hospital.

 

Motorcycle accident victims sustain similar types of injuries due to the way in which they happen, and there are patterns that can be observed in the types and severity of injuries.

Head Injuries

Injuries to the head are common in motorcycle accident victims and can happen regardless of whether the rider is wearing a helmet or not. This could happen when a person hits the ground, hits another object, or is hit with so much force that the brain is shaken inside of the skull. A person could be left with permanent mental and physical disabilities due to these injuries and could sustain:

 
  • Loss of motor skills and coordination

  • Permanent paralysis or reoccurring seizures

  • Memory loss

  • Long-term depression, anxiety, mood swings, or anger

 

You should always look for signs of a head injury after a motorcycle accident.

Broken Bones

When you’re going at a rapid speed and come to a sudden halt, your body will still be in motion. On a motorcycle accident, riders can literally be thrown from their bikes and projected dozens of feet across the road, and broken bones are a common result of these sort of crashes. Riders are especially vulnerable to receiving severe fractures, such as ones to the:

 
  • Spinal cord

  • Skull

  • Forearm

  • Shinbone

  • Thighbone

  • Pelvis

Road Rash

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and if not protected, can be impacted in the event of a motorcycle accident. Road rash occurs when the skin scrapes again the surface of asphalt and layers of skin are torn away. Not all road rash is the same, and they can vary in severity.

 
  • First degree. This is typically when the first layer of skin is scraped off and the area is visibly red.

  • Second degree. After the first layer of skin breaks, it’s considered a second-degree road rash. It’s deeper than just the surface level of the skin.

  • Third degree. This wound is when the skin is torn away down to the fat and internal tissue, leaving the area exposed.

 

Depending on the severity of the road rash, complications such as infection, intense pain, and permanent scars could occur. Leather is a recommended material to wear while riding a motorcycle, as it can help prevent road rash in the event of a collision.

When Surgery Is Required

Some injuries are so severe that they require surgery. Oftentimes, these involve helping to mend broken bones or fix internal injuries that were sustained in the motorcycle crash.

 

Road rash can also require motorcycle accident victims to undergo surgery. They usually will need to have skin grafts in order to mend the exposed area or have reconstructive surgery to close it immediately and prevent bleeding, infections, or scarring.

 

Remember to always be aware of your surroundings when driving, as motorcyclists are the most vulnerable to injuries.

 

If you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our firm at (828) 266-0216 for legal representation.

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