Californian motorcyclists often face the risk of injury when they ride. Spinal injuries are some of the worst and have a big impact on victims. Today we will look at how motorcycle crashes may result in spinal injury. We will also look at potential ways to cut down on this risk.
The National Institutes of Health look at spinal injuries specific to motorcycle accidents. First, they examine what type of crash has the highest risk of spine damage. Their studies show that motorcyclists face the biggest risk for spinal injury when hit from behind. But spinal damage occurs in all types of crashes, even if it is less common.
Studies have proven that helmets are effective for combating traumatic brain injury. But they do not protect the spine. Traumatic spine injury still occurs even in riders who are wearing helmets. As of right now, there are no real protective measures that target the spine in specific. Riders do not have safety equipment they can wear or use to help cut down on the risk of spine injury. Studies collect more information on this topic. This way, safety experts can work on changing this.
In the meantime, motorcyclists can take steps to protect themselves. Always watch for traffic on all sides. Pay close attention to your back to avoid rear-end crashes.
To prevent injury, motorcyclists must wear as much safety gear as possible. It is important to pay attention to one’s surroundings and always ride defensively. Doing this can help protect you from the potential of spinal cord injury and damage.