This is the best time of year for motorcyclists in Kansas City as well as the rest of the country. The weather is perfect for taking the bike out and enjoying the open road. However, it can also be easy to forget during the thrill of the ride that motorcyclists face unique dangers every time they go out. In motorcycle accidents that involve other vehicles, motorcycle riders are usually the ones who receive the most severe injuries.
In fact, states LiveStrong.com, in at least 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes, motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed. It can be difficult for other drivers to understand the way motorcycles move in traffic, or even for them to see a nearby motorcycle. Motorcycles can maneuver and stop much faster than larger vehicles, but other drivers may assume they perform the same way as surrounding traffic. As a result, inattentive drivers may follow a motorcycle too closely or turn in front of them too soon without realizing this is a dangerous move.
There are a number of common motorcycle crash injuries that medical professionals see in emergency rooms. These include:
- Leg fractures and other broken bones, including wrist and arm fractures when a motorcyclist attempts to break his or her fall
- Road rash from skidding on the pavement, varying from mild abrasions to catastrophic skin loss
- Head injuries, the most common cause of fatalities or permanent disability among motorcyclists
Many bikers supplement their safety by wearing protective gear, including helmets. Body padding and helmets can prevent some injuries but cannot guarantee complete safety. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, helmets can improve a motorcyclist’s chances of survival in a crash by 35 percent. Although helmet laws are not required in every state, the GHSA states that all riders in Missouri must wear a helmet at all times.
Motorcyclists who have been injured in a crash may wish to seek compensation for their medical expenses.