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Common Motorcycle Injuries

There is no doubt that riding a motorcycle can be fun and exhilarating. However, the lack of structural body protection in a motorcycle crash increases the risk of severe injuries.

Motorcyclists are four times more likely to suffer severe injuries in a crash than passengers in cars. In addition, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in one year, motorcyclists represented 14% of all traffic fatalities.


Did you or a loved one suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident? Contact our personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers are experts in fighting for the compensation that motorcycle accident victims deserve. We accept all cases on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures you pay nothing until your case is resolved through a negotiated settlement or jury trial award.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our law firm remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

While many people may assume motorcycle accidents are predominantly due to rider error and risk-taking, the truth is that many factors contribute to the cause of motor accidents.

  • Road conditions - can be hazardous because of debris and road defects, unmarked lanes, and poorly lit intersections.
  • Weather - rain and slippery conditions can decrease bike traction and cause poor visibility.
  • Distracted vehicle drivers - drivers in vehicles distracted by phone calls or consuming food can fail to see a motorcyclist and react in time, causing a car accident.
  • Left-hand turns - vehicles turning left can strike a motorcycle at an intersection and cause over 50 % of motorcycle fatalities.
  • Collisions - head-on collisions with vehicles or fixed objects on the road are responsible for over 75% of motorcycle accidents.
  • Rider behaviors - motorcycle riders who are inexperienced, speeding, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have poor reaction times.

Risks and Statistics for Motorcycle Accidents

Approximately 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle, such as a car or truck. In addition, a review conducted in 2020 showed that a large percentage of these accidents were due to the car not seeing the motorcycle.

A recent report released by the National Safety Council (NSC) revealed some interesting statistics on the location and conditions experienced in motorcycle accidents.

  • 60% of accidents occurred on urban roads
  • 78% of accidents occurred in good weather
  • 52% of accidents involved other vehicles
  • 50% of accidents occurred during daylight hours
  • 58% of motorcycle riders were wearing helmets
  • 73% of motorcycle riders were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Over the last ten years, fatality rates have increased by 27%

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Nearly 45% of motorcycle accidents will result in serious injuries sustained by the rider. A motorcycle offers very little protection between the rider and the road, and an accident can result in devastating injuries.

Motorcycle accidents result in some of the most serious injuries on US roads. Motorcyclists involved in traffic accidents can experience painful, life-changing injuries that cause long-term complications.

Common injuries like lacerations, whiplash, and fractures routinely seen in car accidents, also occur in motorcycle accidents. However, there are some specific injuries that motorcyclists suffer from more frequently due to the lack of body protection provided by the bike.

Lower Extremity Injuries

Lower extremity injuries in locations such as the pelvis, legs, and feet are common in motorcycle accidents due to the height of the bike being in line with the point of collision.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that 30% of motorcycle injuries occurred in the lower extremities. Motorcycle accident injuries sustained to the lower extremities can cause significant long-term complications and, in severe cases, permanent disability.

Upper Extremity Injuries

Upper extremity injuries can be defined as injuries sustained between the fingertips and the shoulder. Upper extremity injuries are the second most common in a motorcycle crash.

Riders can be thrown from their bike during the accident and instinctively place their arms out to brace for the impact. However, this action can lead to broken arms, dislocated joints, and connective tissue damage.

Chest Injuries

The trauma sustained from an impact to the chest can be significant and life-threatening. For example, a collision can result in broken ribs that cause severe damage to the internal organs in the chest.

Thoracic injuries, also known as thorax injuries, occur when a blunt force trauma or broken rib penetrates the soft tissue and damages the vital organs in the chest. As a result, victims can suffer a punctured lung, pneumothorax (collapsed lung), internal bleeding, and damage to the aorta.

Older riders who tend to ride larger, heavier bikes are at increased risk for thoracic injuries when the bike rolls on top of them in the accident. Thorax injuries are responsible for up to 50% of all fatal injuries.

Bone Fractures

Broken bones in a motorcycle accident are common injuries caused by the force of impact sustained by the body. For example, a rider may suffer broken bones in the upper extremities when thrown from the bike or leg injuries such as fractures to the tibia or femur in a direct collision with another vehicle.

Road Rash

In a collision, it is not uncommon for the rider to skid across the road's pavement and gravel, causing trauma to the skin known as road rash or road burn.

Road rash is a common motorcycle injury that is extremely painful and may require treatment with skin grafts in severe cases. In addition, complications from road rash can lead to infection and permanent scarring.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal injuries in a motorcycle or car accident can be devastating. Nerve damage in the spine and spinal cord can result in permanent disability and, in severe cases, paralysis. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are common in motorcycle accidents.

Spinal cord injuries may conceivably be the most severe injury from a motorcycle crash.

While helmets protect the head, the neck can still suffer significant trauma in the impact. Neck injuries that damage the spinal cord in the upper cervical location can be fatal.

Severe Head and Facial Trauma

In an accident where the rider’s head hits the pavement, the victim may suffer trauma to the face and mouth. Broken facial bones are common injuries and other injuries to the eyes and teeth.

Facial injuries may need surgery and cause permanent scarring and disfigurement, resulting in ongoing emotional distress.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Motorcycle and car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. While helmets provide essential head protection during a motorcycle crash, not all riders wear them.

Skull fractures, head injuries, and traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent disability. In addition, head injuries that result in a traumatic brain injury may require costly ongoing rehabilitation. Sadly, some victims may not survive this severe injury.

Preventing Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle accident can be traumatic and cause long-term complications. Therefore, riders need to take precautions to protect themselves when enjoying time on the road.

Protective Clothing and Safety Gear

Wearing a helmet can reduce head injury risk by 69% and the risk of fatality by 37%. Protective gear and clothing can also prevent common motorcycle injuries such as road rash. Riders should be familiar with the acronym ATGATT, which stands for All The Gear, All The Time.

General Motorcycle Safety Tips

  • Defensive driving - stay alert and leave sufficient room between your bike and other vehicles.
  • Visibility - wear bright colors or reflective material to increase your visibility on the road.
  • Choose a suitable motorbike - a large bike may be challenging to control and increase the risk of an accident.
  • Ride for the conditions - rain and other weather factors can impact the traction on your bike.

How Do I Claim Compensation for a Motorcycle Accident Injury?

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC for immediate legal assistance. You must engage a professional personal injury lawyer for a free case evaluation to start the process of fighting for a fair settlement and the compensation you deserve.

A motorcycle accident injury claim may provide compensation that covers:

  • Medical expenses, including future medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Physical rehabilitation programs
  • Physical pain and ongoing suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

Call us today at (888) 424-5757 for immediate legal help, and schedule a free consultation to discuss your motorcycle injury compensation case.

We accept all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures you pay nothing until your case is resolved through a negotiated settlement or jury trial award.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our law firm remains private through an attorney-client relationship.


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