Unfortunately safety is not on a rider’s side. A rider has no protection offered to them from the vehicle. In comparison, car drivers have the protective shell of the chassis of their car, meaning the chassis takes away some of the impact. Some riders are much luckier and sustain only minor injuries in an accident. While these are not life threatening, they can be costly if they mean you are unable to return to work, and might still need medical treatment. The recovery time from these injuries can lead to loss of earnings, or lack of psychological wellbeing in some cases. Again this can mean you need expensive treatment.
Over at Carry on Biking, the team specialise in making compensation claims for clients that have been injured in motorcycle accidents. The range of injuries can be large, from a bump on the head, all the way to life changing brain or spinal damage.
So what are the less severe injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident
Injuries that can be sustained from a bike accident include but are not limited to;
Soft tissue damage
When a rider is thrown from a motorcycle at a high speed they will slide across the surface of the road at high speed. If a rider does not properly protect their skin from this possibility, the friction that occurs can cause serious damage to the rider’s skin and the soft tissue beneath. Bare skin is the most at risk, although normal day clothes don’t actually offer that much more protection. Riders should wear protective clothing at all times to protect themselves from serious injury to their soft tissue.
Bikers landing arm
When a motorcycle rider is thrown from their motorcycle, their instinct is to try to absorb some of the impact of the impending landing by outstretching their arms. This places huge pressure on the bones and can lead to nerve damage which can mean restricted movement and even function of the arm. In the most severe accidents, this can lead to the permanent paralysis of the arm.
When an accident occurs, a riders head will be violently moved and inside the skull will be doing the same thing. The brain is banged against the inside of the skull. The higher the level of impact the more serious the injury. In the worst cases the brain is so badly damaged it cannot function anymore, and serious brain damage happens. In less serious circumstances concussion can happen. This can lead to dizziness, loss of balance and co-ordination and extreme lethargy. The risk to the head and brain is dramatically increased if the rider is not wearing a helmet.
Although none of the above injures are serious, they can lead to serious pain and costly medical treatment of rehabilitation therapy. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then contact the team over at Carry on Biking to discuss the process of making a claim; their job is to make your life easier!