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Common injuries for those in motorcycle accidents

When you're in a motorcycle accident, there are many kinds of injuries you could suffer from, none of which are particularly minor. Some of the things that can happen are shocking to consider; at the time, you may only be concerned with your medical care, but the facts are that these injuries can be brutal. Because of the risks to motorcyclists, drivers need to monitor the roads and be aware of their surroundings. Even a bump that forces a motorcyclist off his or her bike can cause these injuries.

Most common for those who ride without proper protection is road rash. This is, essentially, when a rider's skin is torn off on impact with the road or pavement. Rocks and other debris can enter the wounds as well, leading to problems like infection down the line if the wounds aren't carefully cleaned.

Skin grafts may be needed if you suffer from road rash, and this can be a long and painful process requiring patches of skin to be surgically removed and replaced around the wound sites.

Another potential injury is a broken bone. Normally, motorcycle gear can help prevent broken bones thanks to soft or hard armor that is built in. It won't always help, though, depending on the kind of accident that takes place. Commonly broken bones include kneecaps, ankles, ribs, and collar bones. Compound fractures, which occur when the bone breaks through the skin, can also happen during high impact crashes.

Every kind of injury you suffer has an element of risk. Infections, secondary conditions, pain and suffering all happen hand-in-hand with a serious injury. It's important that the person responsible for these injuries is held accountable, so you can make sure your medical bills and needs are covered as you recover.

Source: Best Beginner Motorcycles, "Top 7 Things That Will Happen in a Motorcycle Crash (NSFW with Pics & Video)," accessed Dec. 31, 2015

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