Common Injuries in Motorcycle, ATV, Bicycling, and Pedestrian Accidents
While road rash and broken bones are common, motorcycle, ATV, bicycling and pedestrian accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, including:
- Brain injury and damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Serious burns
- Loss of mobility
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
Pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and ATV riders are at a number of distinct disadvantages compared to those in vehicles such as cars or trucks because they:
- Have little or no protection. While the occupants of cars and trucks have steel, airbags, and other shell frames that are built to absorb impact, those outside of vehicles have little or no protection, other than perhaps helmets and sometimes cycling gear that usually only is effective in helping to decrease road rash.
- Often sustain multiple impacts in a single accident. Victims often are impacted by cars or other vehicles, as well as impacting roads multiple time during a single crash, with each impact potentially causing additional significant injury.
- Often are standing still or going at much lower speeds than the vehicles contacting them. In the case of pedestrian injuries, victims are usually standing still or walking across the street. Conversely, the car impacts them may be traveling at a relatively high rate of speed. Based on these physics, the pedestrian or other injury victims will bear almost all of the force of the impact.
- Weigh much less than the vehicles hitting them. When a relatively heavy vehicle (such as a car) hits a significantly lighter object (such as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist), the lighter object will bear much more of the physical impact than the heavier object.
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