Motorcycles, while we love them, do possess their own set of risks. A car accident is always a possibility. But, for the most part, a fender bender will only have repercussions as you try and go to work, or when insurance calls. But, with a motorcycle— it’s not always so simple. Most crashes are more severe, and fatality is more of a concern. Motorcycle injuries can have a great range in severity, depending on how good you are about wearing gear. But, there are a few injuries that are quite common in the biker community. And the good news is— they’re mostly preventable!
Motorcycle Injuries: Common Injuries and Prevention
Road rash is extremely common for motorcycle injuries. But, the problem can only arise if you’re wearing improper gear!!! I know that I can name a few instances when I saw someone on the roadway wearing less than their proper gear. Sure, it’s a beautiful day and you want to wear a t-shirt— so does everyone. But you just can’t do so when you’re riding a motorcycle. The chance of injury is already heightened because it’s a nice day and the roads are crowded (check out our piece on warm weather riders and drivers!). But add a t-shirt wearing biker into the mix, and you’re basically asking for trouble. There is plenty of gear made for warm weather riders, and keeping you cool. Check those out, but never ever hit the roadway without proper protection.
Head and Neck Injuries
Head and neck injuries are the second most common motorcycle injuries— second to leg and foot injuries. The tough part here is that while they’re the second most common, they are also the most severe. Head and neck injuries, especially in a motorcycle crash, have long-lasting effects and can lead to paralysis. You can prevent the severity of this type of injury, which makes up 22% of motorcycle-related injuries, by wearing a proper helmet. A helmet that offers proper protection to the head and neck have a much greater chance of keeping you safe. Not to mention: preventing fatal damage. I know that Spring air is begging to run through your hair, but when you’re on a motorcycle— it’s best to refrain.
Leg and Foot Injuries
While you would think that road rash is the most common of all motorcycle injuries— leg and foot make up 30% of the CDC’s statistic. Whether you get side swept, your bike tips over, or sliding into a guardrail while trying to avoid collision… No matter the accident, your legs and feet are typically right there to receive the brunt of it. Luckily, while they are the most common— they are the least likely to be fatal. Only 1% to 2% of leg and foot injuries become fatal. Wear high pants, sturdy boots, and drive safely. The potential for injury is always out there, but you can’t let it stop you from doing what you love.