Motorcycles have become a very important and integral part of the society. Today there are over a million plus motorcycles in just one country. Many motorists have discovered that motorcycles are very fast, and thus one can avoid being stuck in traffic jams. Others simply buy and use the motorcycles for the thrill and adventure that people feel. However, in the recent past there has also been a rise in the most common motorcycle injuries and deaths.
Common motorcycle injuries
In the event of an accident, there are those body parts that are very prone to getting hurt more than others.
Head and neck injuries
The head and neck are very sensitive body parts, because the head houses the brain and the skull, while the neck controls movement. In an accident, one is likely to get a head concussion, which may intern lead to swelling. There is severe brain damage in cases where the brain swells too much that the skull cannot house it anymore. While protecting the head, one also needs to consider the eardrum, which can also be damaged by the sounds and pressure. This is done to prevent it from bursting.
The neck is also a very important body part, and very sensitive if hurt in an accident. The spinal cord starts from the neck downwards and if the neck is damaged, then this can lead to paralysis or even death. This is why it is always important to wear a helmet when riding, to protect the head.
Another common type of injury in motorcycle accidents is damages to the legs, knees and feet. Some riders may come out of an accident with just a rash, scrapes and bruises. However, they may not be to lucky as they may experience broken legs and feet, shattered and broken bones. Some may even end up having amputations or becoming disabled due to the nature of their leg injuries. These kinds of injuries can be prevented by wearing the right kind of protective clothing while riding. The protection gear includes knee pads, long trousers and riding boots.
Muscle damage can occur anywhere in the body, and in severe cases can lead to paralysis. The most important thing to prevent damage of muscles is to always wear protective clothing and ride safe at all times. It is important that a rider goes to hospital after any accident even if there is no pain so as to ascertain if there is any muscle damage. Many people ignore visiting a hospital after a slight accident especially if they cannot see any physical injury or feel pain. Note that you could be experiencing a muscle, which is not easily seen but was strained during an accident.
Scrapes and road rashes
Many people ignore scrapes and rashes that they normally get during accidents. These are perhaps one of the commonest kinds of injuries motorcycle riders get on their bodies. The injuries occur on the legs, thighs, and hands, and sometimes on the face. These can be created by skidding on the road or hitting on the handle bars at a high speed. If one is not wearing the right clothing, the cloth can be torn and the skin scrapped during the impact. A scrape or rash should not be ignored, because if not properly treated, it can lead to skin infections and in some cases lead to nerve damage. The preventative measure for this kind of injury is to wear thick protective clothing. In this way, one can avoid the skin being scrapped or cut on the rough road surface.
The other more common type of injury happens on the arms. In the course of a motorcycle accident, the rider does not have a safety belt to prevent him from flying off the bike. The first instinct in such a case is to use the arms to help cushion your fall, and reduce the impact of falling off a fast bike. The result is that the arms and the upper body end up receiving the greatest impact, as the whole body falls on it. This leads to broken bones and damaged nerves, which may result to amputation or even paralysis. The best way to prevent this kind of accident is having elbow pads to lessen the impact on the hand.
It is important that you therefore, wear the protective clothing recommended for a rider, especially a good quality motorcycle helmet. Ensure also that any passenger on the motorcycle wears it. This way, you lessen your exposure from the most common motorcycle injuries.
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