Riding a motorcycle is a great way to enjoy warm weather in Minnesota, but it can also be very dangerous. During a motorcycle accident, serious injuries or death can result.
How motorcycle accidents happen
Motorcycles are much smaller than motor vehicles, and passenger cars and trucks can have difficulty seeing them. This can easily result in a car pulling out in front of or rear-ending a motorcycle causing a crash.
Motorcycles can also have difficulty keeping traction on roadways when debris is present. This could happen if someone has mowed their lawn and left the clippings on the roadways or when leaves fall during autumn.
Types of severe injuries from motorcycle accidents
Motorcycle riders and their passengers are often thrown off their bikes during accidents. This can cause a variety of serious injuries and can even be fatal. Some serious injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Deep cuts and abrasions
- Limb amputations
Spinal cord injuries can cause limited use of your limbs all the way to complete paralysis. Traumatic brain injury can cause a variety of symptoms including neurological and physiological problems. Both of these severe injury types can even cause death.
Preventing motorcycle accidents
A motorcycle accident may not be the driver’s fault, but there are still a few ways you can help prevent one. It is a good idea to always wear brightly colored outerwear when riding your bike. Helmets should also be worn by both the driver and passenger, no matter how short the ride will be.
Additionally, you should always keep an eye on the road to avoid debris or other obstructions. Drive at a safe speed, and never ride a motorcycle after drinking alcohol.