Avoidable Motorcycle Crash Injuries
You probably are familiar with acts of negligent driving and how frequent it can be on Albuquerque roadways if you are a resident of the city. Every time you get on a motorcycle, you are risking injury. Regardless of how familiar you are with the city’s roads, you are ultimately unable to control the actions of other drivers or sudden circumstances that may present themselves.
Before getting back on a motorcycle, no matter where you are going, it is crucial that you become familiar with the three most common motorcycle crash injuries so that you can take required precautions to avoid being injured while out on your next ride.
Your brain, skull, and face are likely the most important parts of the body. However, they are also most vulnerable to serious injury in the event of a motorcycle crash.
Head injuries are probably the most common type of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Concussions, neck injuries, and in some cases brain damage are just some of the many consequences if you are not adequately protected while out on a ride.
You should be sure to wear a motorcycle helmet every time you hit the road. This will help protect your body’s most important organ -- the brain. Wearing a helmet when traveling on a motorcycle can possibly protect you from sustaining major head injuries and it could even prevent you from paying a significant fine.
Another common injury experienced by motorcyclists is road rash. Road rash is used to describe when a rider falls off or under their bike and is dragged across the road. This results in a long, rash-like scrape along the arms, legs, or back of a rider.
In most cases, road rash is usually less severe of an injury than head trauma. However, they can still leave victims unable to ride for an extended period of time and experience a great deal of pain and suffering. Bikers usually wear clothing intended to protect them from these injuries, including thick jackets, pants, gloves, and boots.
In most documented motorcycle crashes, the biker is ejected from their bike. This results in a significantly harder impact, and it is a natural reaction for motorcycle riders to use their arms to brace themselves. This results in an injury known as “biker’s arm.”
The impact experienced by the rider when they make contact with the ground can cause nerve and ligament damage in the arm. Bikers are advised to wear protective clothing, including elbow pads and thick jackets, to help prevent similar injuries. However, in certain cases, these measures are not enough to prevent pervasive nerve damage.
Motorcycle Accidents in New Mexico
Motorcyclists are at a greater risk of serious injury when they hit the road. Statistics have found that motorcyclists are much more likely to be killed in the event of a crash when compared to occupants of larger passenger vehicles. These dangers are universal for all motorcyclists, and all riders should understand these risks in order to protect themselves from serious injury.
The New Mexico motorcycle crash attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates are here to fight for your full compensation. We have won multi-million dollar settlements for countless other motorcycle crash victims, and we can help you, too. Give us a call today at (505) 243-5566 to discuss your claim.