- May 22, 2014
- by admin
- motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accident, motorcycle drivers, motorcycle injuries, personal injury, personal injury law,
Riding a motorcycle definitely has its perks! While there are many benefits to owning your own motorcycle; they are also prone to many dangers that drivers should be aware of. For one, driving a motorcycle is often considered much more risky than driving a car due to lack of protection. Although you may be able to swerve around other vehicles because of the size of a motorcycle, there are certain safety risks that should be considered in order to avoid a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle accident rates
According to Transport Canada, 8.4% of all road fatalities are motorcyclists. Motorcycles have a higher mortality rate per unit of distance ridden in comparison to other automobiles on the road.
Motorcycles represent only around a small number (682,000) of the more than 30 million registered vehicles throughout Canada. Studies have shown that one of the major factors in surviving a crash on a motorcycle depends on if the rider is wearing a helmet or not and the speed at which they were travelling.
Most common motorcycle injuries
Not all motorcycle accidents result in fatalities. However, some may result in serious injuries that could take months to heal. Some of the most common motorcycle injuries are the following:
Since riders usually get thrown off their bike during a collision, fractures to the arms, legs and other parts of the body are quite common. Some fractures may even break through the skin which can cause wounds and could also puncture through certain organs in more serious cases.
Fractures to the pelvis bone are also common and could cause further complications to systems in the body such as the urinal system. This is typically caused when a rider is crushed with impact from the middle portion of the bike.
Due to friction from the speed of the crash, a rider could get abrasions to their skin. This injury is quite painful and if it is deep, it can eventually cause permanent scarring
Spinal cord injury
Spinal cord injuries are common and also very serious motorcycle injuries. The spinal cord is responsible for transmitting nerve impulses to the brain to control the rest of the body and with an injury to the spinal cord, a lot of damage can be inflicted on the entire body. This all depends on what section of the spine is affected during the accident.
Traumatic brain injury
Severe trauma to the head could cause mild to severe cases of brain injury. This could be fatal and like spinal cord injuries could also result in many life-threatening conditions.
A rider could also go through emotional trauma because of the accident itself. Such emotional disorders could be travel anxiety, post- traumatic stress disorder and even depression which will likely need professional help to remedy.
Be wise when riding a motorcycle as motorcycle accidents are no joke. That means you should always drive responsibly and wear protective gear that could possibly help save your life. At WILL DAVIDSON, we have helped hundreds of Ontario residents injured in motorcycle accidents. Contact our team today for assistance in obtaining the compensation you are entitled to from your insurance company.