Only a doctor can diagnose your unique injuries after a motorcycle crash. However, as a rider it is important to know what types of injuries commonly occur so that you can promptly report any pain or symptoms of injury to your physician.
Injuries to Watch for After a Motorcycle Crash
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, then it is important to watch for injuries such as…
- Amputations. An arm, hand, finger, leg, foot, or toe may be severed at the scene of the accident. An amputation may also occur if a break is complicated or a wound is infected and it is the only option to save a rider’s life.
- rider’s arm. This type of injury affects the upper arm of a motorcyclist and could result in permanent paralysis.
- Brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury may occur due to the force of the crash or when a rider’s head hits the ground or another hard object. Skull fractures may also occur. The impact of a brain injury on the life of a motorcyclist depends on the part of the brain that is hurt.
- Broken bones. Any bone can break when a rider is thrown from his bike. Broken hips, pelvises, ribs, collarbones, arms, and legs are common and can result in significant pain. Of course, multiple fractures are also a risk for riders.
- Chest injuries. Your lungs and heart may be vulnerable after a chest injury. This injuries can be life threatening and they require immediate medical treatment.
- Eye injuries. If something punctures the eye or debris gets into the eye then a painful eye injury could result. Sometimes eye injuries, including blindness, are permanent.
- Facial and dental injuries. A broken jaw, a broken nose, or broken teeth can result in serious pain, the need for extensive medical care, and permanent disfigurement.
- Open wounds. Lacerations and cuts can be large in size and can increase a rider’s risk of infection. Joint, nerve, and tendon damage is also a risk when open wound injuries occur.
- Road rash. Road rash is not a rash at all, although it appears that way. Instead, it is scrapes and wounds that occur when a rider’s body is dragged along pavement. Road rash is common, it is painful, and it can result in permanent disfigurement or a serious infection.
- Spinal cord injuries. You may suffer a complete spinal cord injury or an incomplete spinal cord injury in a bike crash. The type of injury that you suffer, its impact on your life, and your prognosis will depend on the part of your spinal cord that was hurt in the accident.
Many of these injuries can also result in death.
If You’ve Been Hurt or Your Loved Has Died Then You Deserve Help
You have the right to learn more about your rights so that you can make an informed decision about what to do next. We encourage you to get the information that you need today by downloading a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, and by starting a live chat with us now. Together, we can examine the unique situation of your crash and can work hard to get you the fair recovery that you deserve.