Motorcyclists nationwide, including New Orleans, Louisiana, risk their lives whenever they take to the road. Motorcycling is exhilarating, and fun easily replaces caution. It is the most dangerous transport mode, and statistics indicate that bikers’ likelihood of dying in accidents is 26 times higher than passengers in motor vehicles. Most accidents involving motorcycles and automobiles occur because the driver did not see the biker. Victims of motorcycle accidents suffer one or more of the four most common injuries.
Neck and Head injuries
The brain is the most powerful and the heaviest organ in the body. Skull fractures and brain trauma like concussions could have long-term consequences. Helmets can prevent penetration wounds to the head, but brain trauma remains a threat.
Feet, ankles, calves and knees are vulnerable body parts in crashes. These injuries do not typically cause death. However, the severity of the injuries and the medical care received could determine the level of temporary or permanent disability that could result.
Without seat belts, risks of potential injuries start upon impact. With the instinct to protect themselves, motorcyclists cradle themselves. Although this could reduce injuries when they hit the ground, it puts their arms at risk of serious injuries. Damage could occur to the bones and nerves in the arms, wrists and hands. Nerve damage could be permanent.
Landing on the pavement or road surface after a throw from the bike could cause severe road rash injuries. Even with protective riding gear, road rash could remove multiple layers of the motorcyclist’s skin. In severe cases, the damage could expose the muscles under the skin.
Motorcycle accident victims might have grounds to file personal injury lawsuits. Louisiana’s civil justice system requires proof of another party’s negligence before awarding a monetary judgment to cover documented losses.