Q Are my injuries common for motorcyclists?
According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, 11 percent of all United States roadway accidents involve motorcycles. Within that 11 percent, nearly 100,000 riders are severely injured—and a tragic 5,000 are killed every year.
Out of all automobile accidents, the ones that involve motorcycles seem like the worst. The lack of protection, inherent increased adrenaline, and reckless S.Q.U.I.D. (Stupidly Quick, Underdressed, Imminently Dead) driving, all contribute to the staggeringly high amount of motorcycle accidents, injuries and fatalities in the U.S.
Top 3 Motorcycle Injuries and Preventative Actions
These injuries all revolve around three common traumas that all cyclists should know about and actively guard against.
The most common and damaging injuries bikers face are head and brain trauma. Since there is no exterior protection for the rider, it is typical to be thrown or pushed to the ground by the force of a collision. Not only can this force cause your skull to crack when it hits the ground, it can also cause internal brain trauma—with bleeding and swelling which could ultimately kill you.
Crash helmets decrease impact force to your brain by providing necessary padding between your skull and whatever surface your head may strike. So the next time you’re riding your bike downtown, make sure you’re wearing a helmet—it could save your life.
Spinal Cord Injury
Since you can’t control where or how you land if thrown from your bike, the chance of landing on your head, neck, or spine, is a huge concern. Depending on the amount of pressure and how hard you hit, it is extremely likely that you’ll sustain some damage to your back or spine. This may lead to paralysis or even death.
A helmet can help reduce these odds by providing some neck protection. However, being aware of the surroundings and adjusting your driving to avoid potential traffic problems altogether is the best prevention of any injury.
The third most common injury is amputation. Broken, mangled or severed limbs are often caused by being thrown, dragged, or crushed under your bike. These injuries can result in the forced removal of limbs—either by the motorcycle or car themselves, or by medical professionals to prevent pain and blood loss. These amputations can be extremely debilitating and emotionally painful.
Unfortunately, the best way to prevent an amputation is to avoid the cause and to wear protective gear—such as arm and knee pads, and durable jackets—to limit injuries as much as possible.
Make sure your friends and family know the risks before they take their evening rides down Shell Beach drive. We urge you to share this article on Facebook or Twitter to help keep our roads and loved ones safe and protected.