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What types of injuries could result from a motorcycle accident?

Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation in California, and are often seen operating side-by-side with automobiles, pick-up trucks and big rigs. However, unlike standard motor vehicles, motorcycles do not offer riders much in the way of safety features should an accident occur. Even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet and following the rules of the road, the motorcyclist could still be involved in a collision with another vehicle, resulting in some common injuries.

One common injury motorcycle accident victims suffer is head injuries, which could be so severe as to lead to disability or death. While wearing a helmet helps reduce the possibility of suffering a head injury, not all states have helmet laws, and moreover, even if they do and the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet, in a severe collision it is still possible for the motorcyclist to suffer a head injury.

Another common injury motorcycle accident victims suffer is road rash. When a motorcycle accident happens, there is nothing to stop the motorcyclist from hitting the surface of the road. This could cause skin abrasion known as road rash. Road rash is classified as first-degree if the motorcyclist's skin only appears red. Road rash is classified as second-degree if the outer layer of skin is broken, but the inner layers are not. Road rash is classified as third-degree if the motorcyclist's skin is entirely removed exposing tissue and fat.

A third common injury motorcycle accident victims suffer is broken bones. A collision will cause the motorcycle to fall down. If the motorcyclist's leg becomes trapped under the bike, it could fracture the motorcyclist's leg -- one of the most common motorcycle accident injuries requiring hospitalization, according to one source. Arm fractures and wrist fractures can also occur if the motorcyclist attempts to catch himself or herself when falling. Fractures to the shoulder and pelvic bones can also occur.

Any of these injuries can be severe, necessitating lengthy hospital stays and rehabilitation. The costs of such medical treatment are not cheap, and in fact can become utterly overwhelming. Motorcyclists who are injured in an accident caused by another motorist may want to learn more about pursuing compensation.

Source: Livestrong.com, "Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents," Stephanie Chandler, Aug. 11, 2015

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