Unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles do not offer much protection for the owner. Cars and trucks have seat belts, air bags, and protective exteriors to ensure the drivers safety. Motorcycles, however, leave the rider exposed and much more vulnerable to injury in an accident. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists experienced an estimated 26 times more fatalities in accidents than car drivers. Because of the safety risks involved in owning a motorcycle, riders should familiarize themselves with common motorcycle injuries, and protect themselves from these injuries.
Road rash injuries occur when a motorcyclist slides across the ground following a motorcycle accident. When a rider loses their seating on a moving motorcycle, the body could continue moving at high speeds and scrape against the road. Many road rash injuries cause permanent damage, as they can lead to nerve damage, infection, and irritated skin. Luckily, the severity and risk of a road rash can be reduced with certain safety precautions. A motorcyclist should always expose as little skin as possible when riding. To protect yourself from road rash, wear either thick clothing, or multiple layers of clothing under a protective motorcycle jacket.
More fatalities occur from an injury to the head than any other type of injury in a motorcycle accident. A head injury can occur in all types of motorcycle accidents. In severe cases, an accident could cause a traumatic brain injury. These types of injuries can have many debilitating effects, such as a loss of motor skills or difficulty communicating. Wearing a helmet when riding can protect the motorcyclist from serious head injury.
Under Texas law, individuals at least 21 years of age are not required to wear a helmet if they have completed an approved Motorcycle Operating Training Course or have at least $10,000 of coverage in medical insurance. While certain individuals may not be required by law to wear protective headgear, it is strongly recommended that all motorcyclists wear a helmet when riding.
Because a motorcycle does not provide exterior protection for its rider, motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer bone injury in an accident. Motorcycle-related bone injuries are common in the arms and legs. Wearing elbow and knee pads can protect the rider from these types of accidents. When falling off of a motorcycle, the rider should always attempt to land on the arms or knees, because this can protect the ribs, neck, and head from injury. If possible, the rider should avoid landing on the back, as this could result in a spinal cord injury
Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you know have suffered from an injury at the fault of someone else, you will need proper legal representation to cover any damages. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Colley & Colley in Austin, Texas will work to get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact us online or call us at (512) 477-2001.