If you are the proud owner of a motorcycle, you know that few things are as enjoyable as a ride up the coast. Unfortunately, you may be vulnerable to collisions with other vehicles. Each year, thousands of motorcycle accidents occur on California roadways.
Here are three common motorcycle accident injuries and some tips to avoid them.
1. Road rash
Road rash usually results from ejection from a motorcycle that is in motion. This painful skin injury is more complex than just a scrape. Road debris can embed in the skin, slowing the healing process and increasing the risk of infection. Wearing riding gear that covers the skin can reduce the severity of road rash in a motorcycle accident.
2. Broken bones
Because there is no barrier between you and other drivers, you are more susceptible to injury in an accident. There is a high risk of broken bones and fractures if you fall or fly off your bike.
3. Brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are too common in motorcycle accidents. However, wearing a properly fitting helmet that meets safety standards can prevent or reduce the severity of TBIs. According to the CDC, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 69%.
You should not allow fear to prevent you from doing what you love. While there is no substitute for cautious driving on your part and that of other drivers, keeping these common injuries and prevention methods in mind may reduce your risk of injury when you head out for a ride.