Motorcycle accidents often result in devastating injuries. While passenger vehicles have a “crumple zone” that provides at least some protection from the force of impact, riders are entirely open to the elements—and any cars or trucks headed their way.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are two of the most serious kinds of injuries that riders can sustain, and both are far more common than they should be. According to the , for example, motorcycle accidents are the fifth leading cause of SCIs among men of all ages.
Of course, even wrecks that do not result in TBIs or SCIs can have catastrophic consequences. Debilitating road rash, internal organ damage, broken bones, and other impact injuries can keep accident victims out of work for months or even years.