Motorbikes are fast, exciting and fun to ride – but did you ever stop to think about the dangers of riding a motorbike? You’re less protected on a bike than you would be in a car, even though you’re travelling at similar, or even faster speeds on the road. Bike accidents can result in serious injuries, which could impact your future. In case you’re wondering about the dangers of riding a motorbike, we have a few examples to share with you.
Head injuries and lacerations – motorbike injuries can be serious
- Head injuries. Head injuries can be serious, particularly if you’re not wearing a helmet, or if your helmet is ill-fitting. You may escape with a concussion if you hit your head during an accident, but you could suffer a fractured skull or a serious brain injury, which can impact the rest of your life. Brain injuries can affect your mood and behaviour, which could make it impossible for you to return to work or live independently.
- Loss of limbs. A serious fracture or crush injury caused in a motorcycle accident could lead to the loss of an arm, hand, leg, fingers or toes. For example if you’re crushed underneath a lorry or car, bloody supply may be cut off to the affected body part, and amputation may be necessary.
- Serious lacerations. Lacerations and grazes are common in motorcycle accidents, as your body is more likely to come into contact with the ground at speed – without the protection of a car. Serious lacerations may require skin grafts and could lead to permanent scarring.
- Neck, back and shoulder injuries. A motorcycle collision with another vehicle, an object or a pedestrian could leave you with neck, back or shoulder injuries from the impact. These can range from minor injuries such as whiplash to ongoing back pain and shoulder injuries which might make it hard to live your life to the full.
- Crush injuries. Crush injuries such as fractured ribs can be life threatening in some cases, for example if you suffer a punctured lung. It can take time to heal from crush injuries, which means taking time off work and loss of earnings.
Claiming compensation after a motorbike accident
If you’ve been injured in a motorbike accident through no fault of your own, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500? Since 2000, we’ve helped hundreds of motorbike owners claim compensation after an accident that was somebody else’s fault. Our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis and it’s free to call our 24/7 helpline for advice.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton