Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries <<< View surce article
Welcome Dr. Day here, as a Henderson chiropractor who is dedicated to providing excellent chiropractic care, I thought you might be interested in the following information, Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries.
Motorcycles are a lot of fun to drive, but because you are riding in an open vehichle, an accident can cause serious injuries. These injuries are likely to be very different from those of auto accidents.
If you have experienced an injury from a motorcycle accident you should be checked out immediately, even if it was a minor injury. A chiropractor can assist in diagnosing and treating your injuries.
Here is a list of the most common motorcycle accident injuries:
- Chest trauma. Chest injuries cause rib fractures, chest hematomas, lung lacerations, buildup of fluid around the heart and bruising of the chest wall. Due to the severe nature of these types of injuries, chest injuries are a leading cause of death from motorcycle accidents.
- Leg fractures. Because your body is completely exposed during the impact of a motorcycle accident, femur or leg fractures happen frequently.
- Skin abrasions or road rash. Abrasions are very common and occur when the bike drags the driver or rider. This also happens when you are thrown from your bike. This is much more likely to happen with a motorcycle accident rather than an automobile accident because you are more likely to hit the road during your accident.
- Arm fractures. Same as leg fractures, your arms are exposed while on a motorcycle. About 13% of motorcycle accidents will result in an arm fracture. Also, both arms are at risk for being broken.
- Spinal cord injuries. Thankfully less than 10% of motorcycle accidents result in spinal cord injuries. These injuries can result in paralysis and even death.
- Neck and back injuries. During a motorcycle accident the passengers usually are thrown from their bikes resulting in neck and back injuries.
- Pelvic fracture. This type of injury is common when the driver or passenger of the motorcycle are thrown off the bike and then run over by another vehicle. The pelvis protects the spinal column, upper body and the organs in it. If you break your pelvis you suffer from the risk injuring all of those areas.