More motorcyclists in Illinois and across the U.S. come out to ride during summer, and with that comes the increased risk for accidents and injuries. The following are some of the common injuries that motorcyclists could suffer.
Road rash and muscle damage
Most frequently, motorcyclists suffer abrasions in a condition called road rash. They may also sprain a muscle or, in more serious cases, tear the tissues. This is to be expected since the human body holds more than 600 muscles.
The foot and leg are the extremities most likely to be injured since they normally hit the ground before any other part of the body. Cuts, bruises and even breaks can occur, and the risk goes up when motorcyclists fail to wear the proper safety gear.
Injuries to the arm, head and face
Motorcyclists will probably hurt their arms, too, as they instinctively put them up to brace for impact. The condition is called biker’s arm and encompasses everything from bruises to muscle injuries and fractures.
Possible head injuries range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries. Without a helmet, the results can be devastating, leading even to hearing loss. The face can also become scratched and bruised. Wearing a helmet may help prevent these injuries.
Seeking compensation for your losses
When auto accidents involve motorcyclists, the riders can be left dealing with severe injuries. In your case, you may be dealing with a permanent disability as well as emotional trauma stemming from the crash. If you were not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. A lawyer may work to help you achieve a fair amount in damages from the responsible driver’s insurance company. You may leave all negotiations to the lawyer while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery.