However much you enjoy riding your motorcycle, it offers you no protection whatsoever if you become involved in a crash. In fact, Garden State Pain Control reports that you have a 26 times higher risk of dying in a motorcycle accident than you do as the driver or passenger in any other type of motor vehicle accident.
In terms of non-fatal motorcycle crash injuries, you face high risk of sustaining one of the following:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Crush injury
By definition, you receive a traumatic brain injury whenever you hit your head hard enough that your brain begins malfunctioning. Since no two TBIs are ever exactly the same, your TBI could result in any or all of the following:
- Vision impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Speech impairment
- Cognitive impairment
- Mobility impairment
- Personality changes
A spinal cord injury could confine you to a wheelchair for the remainder of your life. The amount and severity of your paralysis will depend on where your SCI occurs, plus whether you sustain a complete or incomplete injury. The higher up your SCI, the greater amount of paralysis you will experience. If you become paraplegic, you will have little or no voluntary movement or sensation below your waist. If you become quadriplegic, the paralysis will affect virtually your entire body, leaving you unable to care for yourself.
If one of your limbs becomes trapped underneath your motorcycle when it crashes, you likely will suffer a crush injury. These injuries can lead to such catastrophic results as amputation of your affected limbs or life-threatening systemic infections.