Motorcyclists can be vulnerable and exposed to injury on the roads, and can be left with serious injuries if they are involved in a road collision.
Although many riders are skilled in their driving and are hopefully well protected with the right riding gear, this cannot prevent all injuries.
Injuries such as broken bones, whiplash, plexus injuries, serious head and spinal injuries, and even fatal injuries are common.
The trauma of a motorcycle accident can last far beyond the treatment for your injuries.
Rehabilitation may be required for many years to recover from your injuries.
Many of those involved in such motorbike accidents are of working age, and are often the main household earners. This means that families can be left in financial hardship after a motorcycle accident.
Many vulnerable motorcyclists are also those who work in the cities as delivery and despatch riders.
Even in what is considered a minor collision, motorcyclists can suffer open fractures to elbows, shattering elbow joints. This means that with an injury such as this you cannot even carry out simple day to day tasks like eating or getting dressed independently. A recent survey noted that injuries to the lower extremities are the most common type of motorcycle accident. This includes broken bones as mentioned, and also more serious injuries that involve the loss of limbs, loss of toes, severe burns, torn muscles and tissue, and deep cuts.
Sometimes riders wear inappropriate leg gear such as jeans, etc. Another common injury is road rash, which happens more in summer rather than winter when bike riders tend to wear T-shirts rather than full protective leathers or padded coats, and end up scraping off the skin which then needs thoroughly cleaning, dressing and the discomfort can last for weeks, especially around the joints and other moving parts.
The following are examples of common motorbike accident scenarios:-
- Third party pulls out in front of the biker;
- Third party rear ends biker;
- Third party turns right on overtaking biker;
- Third party cuts corner in front of biker;
- Third party changes lane into biker’s path;
- Car attempts a U-turn into path of biker;
- Third party pulls out into path of overtaking biker;
- Biker overtakes on bend into path of third party;
- Third party reverses into biker;
- Third party exits roundabout in wrong lane;
- Third party continues on roundabout in wrong lane.
Always wear a helmet, and always wear good protective gear when you go out on your motorbike, including protective boots/shoes and gloves.
A good quality motorbike jacket and trousers with the relevant protection will hopefully help to minimise some of the injuries above if ever you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a motorbike road traffic accident.
If you have suffered a motorbike accident and need help and advice, then please don’t hesitate to contact our specialist team at Graham M Riley & Co Solicitors Ltd.