Motorcycle crashes can lead to permanent disability

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2017 | motorcycle accidents

Many motorcyclists do not realize how traumatic and life-altering motorcycle accidents in the Litchfield area can be until they are involved in one. Riders who survive their accidents are likely to end up with serious injuries including brain trauma, internal bleeding and broken bones. Many of them also end up with permanent disabilities. According to PR Newswire, their legs and feet are extremely vulnerable and likely to become seriously injured and lead to disability

Motorcycle accidents are becoming so common that it is rare when a single day goes by without hearing about one. Whether they are caused by distractions, driver/rider error, alcohol and drug influence and recklessness, the risk of injury to riders is far greater than it is for motorists in cars and trucks. There are no enclosed structures to help absorb the impact of collisions and shield them. 

Safety gear decreases injury and death risk 

Motorcyclists may not be able to avoid all accident situations. But there are measures they can take to reduce their risk of serious injury, disability and death. Head injuries are reduced by 69 percent and deaths by 37 percent when motorcyclists wear helmets, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The use of safety gear and proper footwear can lessen the severity of bruises, road rash, abrasions and other injuries. 

Most motorcycle accidents are preventable. Riders should practice safe and proper riding behaviors, refresh their riding knowledge to improve their skills and stay focused on their surroundings and other motorists. They should invest in and use appropriate riding gear, including helmets, gloves, boots and pants.