In 2017—the most recent year for statistics on this subject—the Kansas Department of Transportation indicated that approximately 68 percent of bike accidents in the state caused injury or death. That same year, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reported that 79 percent of motorcycle crashes in the state resulted in injuries or fatalities.
Motorcycle safety should be a primary concern for all travelers, and the following common injuries can be prevented if drivers and riders stay sharp, pay attention to other vehicles
around them, and take proper precautions.
Common Motorcycle Injuries in Kansas and Missouri
You only have the protection of your helmet and riding gear if you're injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a reckless driver. Because of this, you're much more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death than in a passenger vehicle collision. Here are some of the more complicated motorcycle wreck injuries.
Concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries are few of the serious conditions riders might suffer. They often cause brain damage and permanent changes to vision, mobility, reasoning, concentration, and emotions that affect an ability to work and take care of day-to-day needs. In the most devastating cases, a head injury can be fatal.
Spinal Cord Injuries
If a motorcycle rider’s spinal cord is injured, he may suffer partial or total paralysis. He could become permanently disabled and need round-the-clock assistance with his daily needs. In addition, he may suffer serious complications, such as lack of bladder control, respiratory infections, and blot clots.
Internal Injuries and Internal Bleeding
These medical complications are most often caused by the blunt force trauma of the collision or glass or debris puncturing the victim’s skin. While the symptoms of internal organ damage or bleeding can take days to develop, they quickly become life-threatening emergencies.
Fractures and Broken Bones
When a motorcycle rider is thrown off his bike onto the hard asphalt payment or the machine falls onto him, he can suffer broken bones or more severe fractures. Bones in the legs, arms, feet, wrists, and hips are the most common ones broken. An injured victim could require extensive surgery to repair the damage and may suffer life-long movement limitations.
This injury occurs when the rider’s skin scrapes across pavement during the accident. Depending on the force of impact and the clothing the victim wore, he could suffer these road rash injuries:
- Mild bruising
- Cuts and scrapes
- Deep gashes
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Permanent scarring
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