Motorcycles need more space for braking and turning than other kinds of vehicles, requiring riders to anticipate and react more quickly than passenger car drivers. Motorcycles also do not offer the side or top protection that other vehicles provide, making riders vulnerable to ejection during a serious collision. Motorcycle accidents often result in very severe and life-threatening injuries including:
Brain injuries: Motorcyclists who suffer from head injuries after a crash may experience long-term and short-term memory loss, problems with judgment and reasoning, and decreased cognitive function. Motorcyclists who do not wear helmets are also at risk of suffering neck injuries which can cause paralysis or death.
Leg, arm, or hip fractures: Motorcycle crashes often result in leg, arm, or hip fractures because these areas are unprotected during a collision. Motorcyclists are also at risk of suffering femur fractures, which are the most common fractures in motorcycle accidents. These are particularly dangerous because they have to be repaired with steel rods that require long periods of immobility and can lead to complications if not given proper care.
Spinal cord injuries: Motorcycles riders with spinal cord injuries can suffer from paralysis and a decreased functioning of their bodily functions. Motorcycle accident lawyers in Dallas, TX know that certain spinal cord injuries are so severe that victims have to use a ventilator to breathe.
Internal organ damage: Motorcyclists who do not wear helmets are at risk of suffering internal organ damage because the human skull is not strong enough to protect the brain or other organs in a severe collision. Motorcyclists who do suffer an injury to their lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, intestines, stomach, and/or bowels may need intensive surgery and lengthy hospital stays.