Common Motorcycle Crash Injuries

When you’re on a motorcycle, there’s no steel cage to shield you from the unexpected. In fact, more than 80% of all motorcycle crashes result in injury or death. So, let’s dive into some of the common motorcycle crash injuries and break down how they happen.

Lower Extremity Injuries

Motorcyclists often face the risk of leg injuries in the event of a crash. During a collision, the bike can come down on one of the rider’s legs or feet. While some injuries might be minor, like sprains or bruises, it’s not uncommon for leg injuries to be quite severe or even permanent.

In cases of fractures, surgery might be needed, followed by months of challenging and painful physical therapy. In the most severe situations, amputation may become a necessity.

Certainly, some of these injuries could impact a rider’s ability to operate a motorcycle in the future.

Chest (Thoracic) Injuries

In a motorcycle crash, the rider can get thrown forward, which can lead to a pretty hard collision between their chest and the bike. This type of impact can result in some serious injuries, such as:

  • Broken ribs
  • Punctured lungs
  • A cracked sternum
  • Internal injuries

Internal injuries can be particularly serious because they don’t always show obvious signs. However, they require urgent medical attention as they can be life threatening. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to get assessed as soon as possible following a motorcycle accident.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

One of the most severe injuries a motorcyclist can face in a crash is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In fact, TBI stands as a leading cause of fatality among motorcyclists involved in accidents. The impact of a TBI can vary widely, from mild symptoms that improve quickly to a catastrophic injury with permanent repercussions.

A TBI can ripple across numerous aspects of a person’s life, including:

  • Sleep
  • Cognition
  • Personality, Mood, and Mental Health
  • Important Relationships
  • Physical Well-Being
  • Ability to Work
  • Ability to Engage in Favorite Activities
  • Ability to Maintain Independence

On a positive note, studies show that helmets play a crucial role in reducing the risk of TBI. It’s essential for every motorcyclist to ensure that their helmet is DOT compliant and in good condition.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury could leave a motorcyclist paralyzed after a crash, and any type of paralysis will have a lasting and permanent effect on a person’s life. A spinal cord injury requires extensive and costly medical treatment. Also, a victim’s ability to work may be impacted, providing an additional economic hardship.

Furthermore, a paralysis injury carries the risk of various complications including blood clots, pneumonia, pressure sores, and urinary tract infections.

For all these reasons, a spinal cord injury is often described as a catastrophic injury within the context of personal injury law.

Road Rash

Road rash is a painful injury when the skin forcefully scrapes against the road. In a motorcycle crash, this can happen when a rider is thrown from his or her bike. This type of injury can range from mild to severe. In the most severe cases, skin grafts and other surgical treatments may be necessary.

To learn more about this kind of motorcycle crash injury, see our post on understanding road rash.

Want to Talk to a Motorcycle Crash Lawyer?

If you’ve been the victim of a motorcycle crash, we encourage you to reach out to our lawyers.

Chances are that you’ve experienced significant medical bills, pain, and suffering. Perhaps you’ve had to take time from work to recover and make your doctor’s appointments. If so, a lawyer from our team could represent you and negotiate fair compensation for all you’ve endured.

It’s always free to talk to our message one of our lawyers, just to learn more. And, in the event we choose to work together, you’ll only pay us a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement.

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