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The Most Common Motorcycle Injuries
The road is a dangerous place, and as a motorcycle driver, you don’t have the benefit of the protective exoskeleton that a car provides. This means that you are responsible for providing your own protection. Before diving into the terrifying world of common motorcycle injuries and accidents, let’s first discuss best practices when riding a motorcycle and strategies on staying safe.
Make sure you're wearing the appropriate attire to minimize damage in the event of an accident. Leather is the best material to wear to prevent road rash. Should you fly off your bike and skid across the road, those ripped jeans and expensive t-shirt will be ripped to shreds along with your skin and nerve endings. That is not a pretty picture and you’ll have to pay thousands in medical bills and buy a whole new wardrobe! It's worth it to layer up with some leather and padding now to prevent extended hospital stays and financial ruin down the line.
Helmets might not look the best, but everyone is wearing them. Drivers wearing helmets are five times less likely to sustain serious head injuries in the event of a crash. Those odds are worth wearing a helmet for the twenty minutes that you’re on your bike.
Drive on the Defensive!
You have to be cautious because not all cars are looking out for you. It's a good idea to put reflective tape on your clothes and or bike to make sure that you're seen! You can also drive with your headlights on. Even during the day, this can make your more visible in traffic. Try your best to stay out of peoples’ blind spots, as this is when you’re likely to get merged in front of, and ensure that you're signaling far in advance before making moves.
Common Physical Injuries
The most common motorcycle injuries are caused to the head and legs. As stated above, you can decrease your risk of serious head injury by wearing a helmet! Dressing appropriately can also reduce the occurrence of leg injuries such as road rash, but accidents happen and it’s important to be able to deal with them when they do.
In the event of a head injury, any head injury, you should go to the doctor and be thoroughly checked out immediately. Hitting your head could result in a myriad of problems ranging in severity from a fractured skull to fatal swelling of the brain.
Motorcycle accidents are not only physically harmful, but also mentally damaging. The following are psychological effects of motorcycle crashes:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): This condition causes difficulty sleeping, mood swings, impaired memory, recurring traumatic thoughts, and avoidance. Call your doctor if you have experienced any of the above symptoms.
- Depression: Up to a year after sustaining a brain injury, you might experience clinical depression. Again, call your doctor and seek care as soon as possible.
It can be hard to reach out to your doctor with regards to mental health issues, but these problems are just as damaging and treatable as physical injuries. You deserve to receive treatment and to recover from any and all injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident, so be honest with your doctor about your symptoms so that you can get a proper diagnosis and care.