Many individuals enjoy the freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle. They like the thought of doing so without any barriers separating them from everything else in their environment. There are far more car drivers on the road than motorcyclists, however, and that often puts motorcyclists at risk of serious injury. Some injuries are more common among motorcyclists than others. Here are some of the basics.

Road rash

Road rash is one of the more common injuries that motorcyclists suffer in crashes. Motorcyclists often find themselves propelled onto the road in a collision. The sliding they endure as they hit the ground often peels away their skin, exposing the underlying muscles. Motorcyclists can significantly reduce their chances of suffering road rash by wearing protective clothing to protect their underlying skin. 

Head and neck injuries

Another type of injury that motorcyclists have to worry about is neck and head ones. It’s not uncommon for riders to go flying over their motorbike’s handlebars in a crash. While a helmet can offer protection from some of the most severe injuries, it can’t prevent all of them. Motorcyclists who fail to wear helmets are at increased risk for injuries. While minor head injuries such as concussions may be common, more serious ones like skull fractures can also happen. 

Bone and nerve injuries

Motorcyclists often brace their fall by putting out their arm as they’re about to collide with the ground. The sheer force of impact that an individual’s body absorbs as they come crashing down can do severe damage to the nerves, bones and muscles in a motorcyclist’s hands or arm. It can also affect a person’s upper body. 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that motorcyclists’ risk of dying in an accident is 26 times higher than that of automobile operators. Those same statistics reveal at least half of all motorcycle and car involved crashes happen at intersections. At least 80% of all those collisions result in injuries. If you’re injured in a wreck, an attorney can go over how Oregon law may allow you to recover compensation to cover the expenses you amassed if someone seriously hurt you in a motorcycle crash.