Motorcyclists have very little physical protection when compared to occupants of cars. There is no steel frame protecting motorcycle riders, no airbags, and no seatbelts. Even low-speed collisions can result in devastating injuries that can significantly affect a rider’s quality of life. According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, 377 motorcyclists were killed between the years 2003 and 2007 in the Garden State. Furthermore, if you are involved in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, you have a 75 percent chance of suffering an injury.
Here are a few of the most life-changing and tragically common motorcycle accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries: Even properly helmeted riders can sustain head trauma during a New Jersey motorcycle accident. You can suffer a traumatic brain injury if your head strikes a car or the roadway or if your head is jerked back and forth violently during the collision. All New Jersey riders would be well advised to obey the law by wearing a DOT-approved helmet. This will reduce their chances of sustaining brain trauma.
- Spinal cord injuries: When a rider’s vertebrae or neck is injured during the collision, there is the potential for serious spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord damage can result in a loss of feeling or physical ability in various parts of the body. In severe cases, injured motorcyclists can suffer from paraplegia or quadriplegia.
- Bone fractures: It is common for motorcyclists to sustain crushing bone fractures during a collision. Riders commonly sustain fractured bones in their arms, legs, hips, and ribs.
- Soft tissue injuries: Many motorcyclists suffer some form of injury to their ligaments, muscles, and tendons during a crash. Common soft tissue injuries suffered in New Jersey accidents include whiplash, sprains, strains, and neck injuries.
Whatever type of injury you suffer while riding your motorcycle, it is advisable to seek out immediate medical attention and to contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer. Financial compensation may be available for your medical bills and suffering.