Motorcycles are undeniably an exciting ride. The rush of moving down the open road with the wind in your face is incomparable. But much of the thrill comes from the very real risks that are involved. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, motorcycle drivers and passengers are at much greater risk of injury than drivers and passengers in a four-wheel vehicle.
It is important that as a motorcycle driver you pay close attention to your surroundings and take your safety seriously. Motorcycles are more susceptible to certain types of accidents, such as car doors suddenly swinging open, vehicles making last-moment left turns in front of them, or wiping out on gravel or sand during a sharp turn. Drive at a safe speed, pay close attention to the cars around you, and try to maintain comfortable distances from other vehicles. And of course, always wear your helmet.
But no matter how careful you are, accidents happen anyway. Here are some of the most common motorcycle injuries drivers need to be aware of.
Did I already mention, always wear your helmet? Sadly, head trauma is one of the most common injuries for motorcycle drivers. Statistics indicate that, “Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. Yet only 19 states and the District of Columbia mandate helmet use by all riders.” Head injuries, ranging from concussions to permanent or fatal brain damage, are the most common injury from a motorcycle accident, so no matter what the law is, make sure you’re wearing yours.
Even a simple fall off a motorbike at slow speed can be extremely painful when you slide across the pavement. The resulting skin abrasions are known as road rash, and anyone who has experienced it knows how painful it can be. Motorcycle drivers should wear thick protective clothing and gloves to minimize the impact. Denim jeans alone will not prevent road rash.
Motorcycle drivers and passengers are also highly susceptible to leg injuries, particularly when their leg gets pinned beneath their often heavy bikes. The injuries include broken feet or limbs, damage to the knee, ligament and tendon tears, or severe bruising. While rarely fatal, leg injuries can be permanently debilitating.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Sacramento, the Demas Law Group, P.C., can help. Contact us today to find out what your rights are, and we’ll assist you in getting the best possible settlement for your injuries. But don’t wait. The State of California has some strict statute of limitation laws when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Contact us today at (916) 444-0100.