Everyone who rides a motorcycle understands how dangerous it is. They weigh the risks and ultimately choose to ride for their own reasons. Many cite a heightened connection to their surrounding environment because they are not inside a car, truck or SUV, but that connection not broken up by a metal cage on four wheels comes with a price.
Motorcyclists face many risks that those in other vehicles do not. Most notably, there are seldom minor injuries when they collide with a negligent driver or crash while trying to avoid one. Here is a shortlist of the most common injuries suffered by bikers:
- Foot and leg: Bikes typically get laid down during collisions, causing injuries to the rider’s lower half. Often, it is a broken tibia, femur or fibula bone. These injuries are not in themselves fatal, but they can take months to heal, or riders may not regain full use of the foot or leg.
- Head and neck: While helmets save lives, collisions or collision avoidance can leave riders with traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, or other skeletal injuries that can leave the victim with a life-changing injury they will not recover from.
- Spinal cord: Hitting the pavement while traveling at any speed can lead to severe spinal injuries or paralysis. Even lesser spinal injuries can lead to years of rehab and a less active lifestyle.
- Road rash: Those on bicycles may show road rash scars as a badge of courage, but road rash caused by traveling at highway speeds can be much more severe than some scarring.
- Biker’s arms: It is instinctive to put one’s hands out to break a fall, but this commonly leads to sprains, broken bones and nerve damage.
Drivers do not always see riders
Motorcycles’ smaller size and maneuverability can make them harder for drivers in vehicles to see. Bikers can help themselves by driving defensively, but distracted or reckless drivers can cause severe or fatal injuries because they aren’t paying attention or do not care. It leaves the innocent victims or their families little choice but to hold the drivers accountable for their negligence.