Compared to occupants of cars and trucks, motorcyclists are at a much higher risk of serious injury in any collision. One of the most serious common types of injuries in motorcycle accidents is a spinal injury.
Studies have shown that spinal injuries are a problem all over the world, but that certain categories of spinal injuries are more common in the United States.
Motorcycles are becoming increasingly common in the developing world. Unfortunately, this means motorcycle accidents are becoming more common as well. A study from Malaysia shows that motorcycle accidents now account for 60% of all traffic fatalities in that nation. In the United States, the figure is closer to 14%.
Interestingly, the Malaysian study found that the nation’s motorcycle accidents were less likely to result in thoracic spinal damage, compared to similar accidents in the United States and Europe. Researchers theorized that this is because motorcycles are typically bigger and more powerful in the Western world, and therefore more capable of the kind of high-speed accident that can result in injuries to this thick, well-protected part of the spine.
Whether the motorcyclist is in the developing world or Southern California, the end result of a spinal injury is much the same. In severe cases, a spinal injury can leave a rider permanently paralyzed. The physical, emotional and financial repercussions of this type of injury can change the lives of everyone in a family forever. Studies have shown that spinal injuries have greater impact on victims’ lives than other types of injuries.
When these damages are the result of another driver’s negligence, the injured may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. These legal actions can be difficult and stressful. The injured can speak to a personal injury attorney with experience in motorcycle accident cases to learn about their legal options.