Individuals looking to save fuel or who want more freedom on the road often turn toward motorcycles as their preferred mode of transportation. Motorcycles can be fun and efficient, but they can also be very dangerous. On average, there are 141 deaths in New York each year due to injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles don’t offer the same safety features and protections that a car does, so motorcyclists are particularly prone to serious injuries. Some common motorcycle accident injuries include:
Head injuries are very common in motorcycle accidents. Injuries ranging from concussion to severe traumatic brain injury can be costly and life-altering. Although motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%, head injuries can still occur even if a rider is wearing a properly fitted helmet.
In an accident, without the protection afforded by a car, a motorcyclist is likely to hit the pavement hard. Even if a motorcyclist is wearing protective gear, they can still sustain serious bone fractures. Broken legs are the most common type of fractures seen in motorcycle accidents, but broken arms, wrists, hands, ribs, collar bones and even backs are not uncommon.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The impact of a motorcyclist’s body on the pavement can result in serious spinal cord injuries. A severed spinal cord can result in full or partial paralysis. This type of injury is catastrophic and can result in a victim’s permanent disability.
The blunt force of a motorcycle accident can also lead to a number of internal injuries. Damage to internal organs or internal bleeding can occur. In addition, a penetrating injury, from debris or shattered glass, can cause serious internal injuries.
When a motorcyclist makes contact with the pavement during a crash, serious skin abrasions, known as “road rash” can occur. While some cases of road rash are less severe, some deep abrasions that require immediate medical attention can result. Road rash injuries are susceptible to infection and can sometimes result in permanent scarring.
Contact a New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you should consult with an experienced New York motorcycle accident attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping the victims of motorcycle accidents. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.