The number of accidents that occur that have motorcycles involved are growing with each warm season. Many people simply do not expect to see a motorcycle on the roadway while driving, especially when driving a larger vehicle. Due to their size, and lack of protection for the rider, many motorcycle accidents result in fatalities.
With any accident the injuries possible are limitless. There could have been something that flew by and gashed an arm open or possibly receiving a concussion when your head hits another object. Either way, many accidents are seen across any type of vehicle, including motorcycles. Even though some motorcycle injuries are unique, the type of injuries are broken down into two categories, much like that of motorist injuries.
Hard Hitting Injuries
Of course, injuries that could possibly become fatal are considered in the hard hitting category. One of the most common injuries sustained by a motorcycle driver is third or second degree type burns. This is because the motorcycle motor is exposed, unlike that of a car or truck. When an accident occurs, the person driving the motorcycle comes in contact with the motor and the pants that they are wearing is not enough to keep the burns from occurring.
Other hard hitting injuries can include internal bleeding, organ damage, spinal cord damage, and brain trauma. These can occur from the impact that the driver of the motorcycle sustains when they are thrown off of the motorcycle. Many have experienced punctured lungs and broken bones from being thrown from their motorcycle.
Soft Hitting Injuries
Some injuries that are very common in any type of accident are contusions, lacerations, and abrasions. These occur when the motorcyclist hits the pavement, or catches a piece of his or her clothing on the motorcycle and experience a gash or cut along the exposed skin area. Road rash is another common injury that occurs, especially if the motorcyclist is thrown from the motorcycle and skids across the pavement.
The types of injuries that fall into the soft hitting category can vary with each accident. However, it is always important to remember that in the event of any accident injuries should be at least looked at by a medical professional. Whether the injury is minor or major, there may be a case for you and your family. If you have recently been in a motorcycle accident, whether or not you feel at fault, contact a lawyer who specializes in motorcycle accidents to handle your claims.