Are injuries worse for motorcyclists?

All Missouri motorists understand that accidents can result in injuries that range from mildly irritated to life-altering. But as a motorcycle rider, are you at greater risk for worse injury? We at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., P.C., look into answering that question.

Vehicular accident injuries can cover a huge spectrum. Injuries can be minor and relatively easy to manage such as bruises, sprains or scrapes. However, some injuries can be massive and require months, years, or even a lifetime of care. You could end up with severe scarring, disfigurement, burn injuries, broken bones, amputation or paralysis.

When looking at motorcycle accidents compared to the accidents involving other vehicles, one must first note the fact that you are far less protected. Even if you suit up properly and wear a helmet, your leather and plastic and foam won’t provide the same amount of coverage that the metal cage of a car will provide for a driver. Motorcyclists often suffer from severe road burns, which can contribute to scarring and disfigurement, because they are more likely to meet the road directly than people inside closed vehicles.

Impact injuries can also be heavier for the same reason. This is why head-on accidents involving cars and motorcycles often end with the motorcyclist facing much more severe injury or even death. The lack of protection may be fatal, even though head-on collisions between cars can also be deadly.

If you want to take a closer look at the injuries motorcyclists face and how they might compare to the injuries from other vehicles, click the link above.

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