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What are the 3 most common motorcycle injuries?

As a Tennessee bike rider, you know the joys of the open road. You also know, however, that motorists do not always give you and your bike the respect you deserve on the open road.

Even when you wear protective equipment and clothing, you still place yourself at risk every time you ride your bike. OurEverydayLife.com warns that the three most common injuries you are likely to suffer in a motorcycle accident are the following:

  1. Head injuries
  2. Bone breaks
  3. Road rash

1. Head injuries

You know that you should always wear your helmet any time you ride your bike. But did you know that it can reduce your risk of dying in a motorcycle crash by 35 percent? However, even though wearing your helmet helps prevent your death, it may not help you when it comes to suffering a catastrophic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries constitute one of the most common types of bike injuries. When your head, even encased in your helmet, contacts the road, a guardrail, a tree, or any other hard surface, the force of the impact causes your head to violently jerk back and forth. This, in turn, causes your brain to “squish around” inside your skull and injure its delicate nerves and tissues. The result could be a lifetime of disability.

2. Bone breaks

Unfortunately, your bike does not protect you in an accident the way a car or other enclosed vehicle does. Consequently, your bones, particularly those in your arms and legs, are at great risk for fracturing in an accident. One of the most common results of a motorcycle crash is that the rider’s leg becomes crushed underneath his or her bike when it falls on him or her.

3. Road rash

Everyone knows what road rage is, but as a motorcycle rider, you should also become familiar with the term “road rash.” This is what you get when parts of your body slide along the road during a crash, and even your protective clothing may not adequately protect you from it. As you might suspect, the longer you slide along the road’s surface, the more severe your road rash will become. Not only may it scrape off your skin, it could also scrape clear down to your bones.

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

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