Florida is a perfect place for a motorcyclist to ride the open road. But there is no question that riding a motorcycle can be even more dangerous than driving a car.
Most riders know there is an increased chance of injury in an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 88,000 motorcyclists sustained injuries in 2015 alone. Of course, wearing a helmet and protective gear can help prevent injuries. But the fact remains that there is not much between the rider and the rough road. Motorcycle riders need to be aware of the potential injuries they can sustain during a ride.
Road rash is a typical injury associated with motorcycle crashes. While specially designed gear and leather can help protect a motorcyclist from road rash, it is almost impossible to avoid it altogether. Road rash can lead to nerve damage and an increased risk of infection.
Head and neck injuries
Head injuries are the most common injury and can be fatal. Concussions and skull fractures occur regularly. With brain swelling and concussion injuries, it is sometimes difficult to tell right away that something is wrong. Motorcyclists should always get immediate medical attention, even if they do not feel any pain after the accident.
The neck is also highly vulnerable. Spinal fractures and dislocations can lead to a spinal cord injury and even paralysis. The best way to help prevent head and neck injuries is to wear a helmet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wearing a helmet could have saved more than 800 lives in 2016.