Every rider knows they’re taking a risk when they get on their motorcycles. Wearing all your gear every time you ride is the best way to reduce the risks of suffering serious injuries, but even the sturdiest and thickest helmet, jacket, pants, boots, and gloves can’t protect motorcyclists during crashes the same way seat belts, airbags, and crumple zones can protect vehicle occupants.
When motorcyclists are involved in crashes, they’re likely to suffer three common types of injuries:
- Head injuries—Helmets are highly effective at reducing the risk of death and traumatic brain injury during motorcycle crashes, but they don’t lower that risk to zero. People wearing even the most high-tech and safe helmets are still at risk of suffering serious head injuries that have the potential to be fatal or result in lifelong disability.
- Soft tissue injuries—Motorcycle accidents can cause victims to suffer serious injuries to their skin, as well as the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even nerves underneath. Riders with exposed skin or who wear non-riding clothing are the most at risk for these types of injuries, but they can happen to even the most well-equipped riders.
- Broken bones—When motorcyclists are involved in crashes, they’re almost always thrown from their bikes. Whether they strike a vehicle, the road, or another object, the forces generated by a crash can result in simple or compound bone fractures, which can lead to prolonged disability and even be life-threatening.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, the Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.