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What are the most common motorcycle injuries?

With the Ohio summer getting ready to give way to fall, you likely are availing yourself of every possible opportunity to ride your bike before bad weather once again limits your riding opportunities. While you enjoy the call of the open road, however, never forget that unlike a car or truck, your motorcycle offers you no protection whatsoever in the event you wreck. cautions that the top three injuries you likely will suffer in a motorcycle crash are the following:

  1. Head injury
  2. Broken bones
  3. Road rash

1. Head injuries

If you suffer a traumatic brain injury in your motorcycle crash, your life as you know it could be over. A TBI is one in which your brain begins malfunctioning after violently “sloshing” back and forth inside your skull when your head hits a hard surface such as the pavement, a tree, a guardrail, etc. Your impairments could range from speech problems to mobility problems to more or less total incapacity that could last a lifetime.

2. Broken bones

Due to the fact that your bike cannot remain upright on its own, it almost certainly will fall over if you crash, likely trapping one of your arms and/or legs underneath it. The impact of your bike falling on top of you not only could break numerous of your bones, but also damage them severely enough that you could face amputation of one or more of your limbs.

3. Road rash

Road rash poses a serious threat to bike riders. Depending on the speed you are traveling when you crash, your body could drag along the surface of the road for many, many yards, scraping off your skin as you slide. Road rashes are always painful, and serious ones likely will require you to undergo one or more surgeries to repair your skin damage and minimize the scarring that almost invariably results.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.

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