Motorcycling can be fun and exciting, but it can be extremely dangerous, too.
Busy roads and distracted drivers can cause some of the worst collisions. And when involved in a car crash, motorcyclists tend to take the brunt of the impact. Without the safety of a car surrounding bikers, injuries sustained in a crash can significantly affect a motorcyclist’s life.
If you’re a motorcyclist, be aware of the risks. These are three of the most common injuries motorcyclists sustain in an accident:
- Head injuries – Even if you’re wearing a helmet, a crash can cause severe head injuries such as a concussion, traumatic injury to the brain, and cuts and bruises. Kentucky only requires those under 21 to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle, but you should consider wearing one regardless of your age to prevent a potentially fatal head injury.
- Road rash – During a collision, motorcyclists may either fall off their bike or slide across the ground with their bike. Both situations can cause scrapes and bruises to your body as well as significant muscle or nerve damage.
- Broken bones – If you’re thrown off your bike during a crash, you may land on a hard road and break a bone. Broken legs are the most common for motorcycle crashes.
No matter how experienced you are on your motorcycle, a single accident can change your life forever. Since motorcyclists are less visible on the road, drivers of a car or truck might not see you until it’s too late. It’s important that motorcyclists take precautions to prevent an accident caused by a negligent driver.
Understanding the risks involved in riding a motorcycle can also help you stay prepared before hitting the road.