Because of their reduced protection compared to that of a car, motorcyclists are at a higher risk of injury in the event of a collision. Below are a few common motorcycle crash injuries.
Traumatic brain injury and/or head injury: Head and brain trauma are common motorcycle crash injuries. A collision might throw a motorcyclist into the air and onto the pavement. Likewise, they can strike their head against another vehicle or other nearby object, leading to an open or closed head injury, concussion, and brain damage.
Neck and back injury: Motorcyclists can sustain injuries to their neck and/or back during an impact or whipping motion.
Spinal cord injury: A severe back, neck or head injury can lead to spinal cord damage. These injuries can cause partial or full paralysis, nervous system damage, and debilitating pain.
Road rash, degloving and/or lacerations: Despite wearing protective apparel, coming in contact with the road or another vehicle can result in cuts, skin tears and abrasions, which can be disfiguring and extremely painful.
Broken bones: Whether by an impact with the road, being pinned against the motorcycle or another adverse event, motorcyclists can suffer broken bones during a collision.
Emotional trauma: In addition to the resulting physical injuries, the entire situation surrounding a motorcycle crash can lead a victim to suffer lasting emotional effects. Some suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can lead to terrifying flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety.
While this list is not comprehensive, it is a snapshot of the debilitating injuries a person can suffer in the aftermath of a motorcycle crash.
Getting Help After Sustaining Motorcycle Crash Injuries
If you were injured or a family member was killed in a motorcycle crash in California, we welcome you to contact the experienced San Diego, CA motorcycle accident attorneys at CaseyGerry. Call (619) 238-1811 or fill out our online form to get started. We can discuss what happened to you, the next steps, and what you can expect.