Despite the fact that motorcycles are fuel efficient, convenient and fun, riding a motorcycle requires careful coordination and skill. Your motorcycle lacks the protection and crashworthiness attributes that a car has. Be mindful that your motorcycle is significantly disadvantaged when it comes to weight, visibility and occupant protection.
When a collision occurs with a larger car or truck, serious injury leading to death is a possibility. Keep reading for a summary of the most common fatal injuries for motorcyclists and how you can protect yourself against them.
1. Head injuries
Head injury, such as traumatic brain injury, is one of the most common causes of fatalities in motorcycle accidents. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is a direct correlation between helmet use and head injury. Wearing a properly designed and fitting helmet is the best way to protect yourself from a head injury.
2. Neck injuries
Neck injuries are closely related to head injuries. Accidents can cause damage to nerves, tendons, ligaments, muscles or bones in the neck. This type of injury often results in serious disability or death. A helmet can also help protect your neck from the impact of a crash.
3. Broken bones
Many motorcycle accidents result in the bike falling over. If this happens to you, your leg could stay underneath your bike, causing multiple breaks in your leg or hip. If you try to break your fall with your hands or arms, you could sustain a severely broken arm or shoulder. According to the same NHTSA study, injuries in these areas were common in fatal motorcycle accidents. You should wear proper protective gear to help reduce the chances of these injuries.
It is important for you to be conscious of the possible dangers of riding your motorcycle. By being aware of these potentially fatal injuries, you can take steps to protect yourself and practice defensive riding.