Motorcycles lately have been gaining popularity around the world because of its convenient size that makes it easier for riders to wrestle through traffic, and also makes maintenance simpler and cheaper compared to regular vehicles. Motorcycles are widely used in many Asian countries like India, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Meanwhile, in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded that there has been a 75 percent increase in the number of registered motorcycles from 1997 to 2006. Sadly, the number of motorcycle-related crashes also increased along with that. Within the same year, the number was up by 62 percent.
The same convenient size may also be the reason why it became vulnerable to accidents. Since motorcycles are smaller, they can be overlooked or left unnoticed by the drivers of other bigger vehicles. Worse, they may fall in a truck driver's blind spot. Motorcycle crashes may not only lead to injuries, the rider may also acquire disability because of it.
Motorcycle Crashes and Disability
The most common disabilities caused by motorcycle accidents may start as head or brain injury, or a leg fracture.
According to the NHTSA, head injury is the "leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes" because many riders neglect the need to wear a helmet when riding. Unprotected riders have 40 percent chance of dying because of a head injury while 15 percent may suffer a non-fatal one. The unprotected head of the rider and/ or his passenger may hit against the road or any structures around in the event of a crash.
Statistics like this prompted the law against riding without a helmet, not only in most US states but all over the world. Severe brain injury may lead to a lot of complications in reasoning, sleeping, or even in emotions. In time it may lead to epilepsy, mental disorders or even death.
Injuries to the lower limbs may also be obtained in crashes, especially if the point of impact is the front side. The pelvis, knee, tibia, fibula, and femur are vulnerable to fractures and an estimated 16,000 people are treated for injuries in these areas every year. Not wearing the protective gear is a contributory factor in this kind of injury.
If not treated in time or if the injury is too severe, the injured may never get to walk again. Worse, if the wounds are very critical, he may have to be amputated.