People throughout California choose motorcycles as a favorite means of transportation for a variety of reasons -- to save on fuel costs, simply to enjoy the feeling of riding, or to get where you're going more quickly than if you were in a larger vehicle.
While motorcycles offer you a certain level of freedom and excitement, as well as a practical way of traveling, unfortunately bikes cannot offer you the level of physical protection that a car or truck might. The reality is that a single collision could be devastating to your health.
Common injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents
Every accident has the potential to end in disaster, regardless of the type of vehicles involved. However, with less available protection, bikers face additional risks on the road. Some of the most common injuries involving motorcycles include:
- Head or brain injuries: Head and brain injuries are often serious in nature, and they can have a substantial impact on the life of a biker. While wearing a helmet can reduce the severity of an injury, a helmet might not always be enough, as studies show that head injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in motorcycle accidents.
- Broken bones: Following the initial collision, it can be nearly impossible to stay upright on a bike, and the subsequent fall to the pavement or ground could do a great deal of harm. Having a motorcycle fall on top of you or using arms and legs to try and break your fall could result in broken bones.
- Road rash: A fall to the ground can also place you at risk of suffering severe road rash. These injuries can range anywhere from redness of the skin to removal of the outer layer, the latter of which can be exceedingly painful.
As a biker, you have the same rights to the road as any other vehicle, but this may not always guarantee your safety. If a driver fails to notice your bike, you might have little to no time to react and avoid collision, and you could be the one who suffers the consequences.
What comes next?
Along with the pain and suffering resulting from a motorcycle accident, you may also be facing financial hardship in the form of medical expenses, lost income, lost work time and loss of earning capacity. If the other driver is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for these costs. To learn more about your options, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.