Perhaps you bought a motorcycle so that you could ride the open road with friends, enjoy the wind in your hair and watch the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside go by as you ride, along with enjoying the freedom that comes with owning one. Even as you are aware of the joys that riding can bring you, you may also be keenly aware of the dangers.
Having only two wheels and no other form of protection other than a helmet (and maybe a leather jacket or suit) makes you particularly vulnerable while on the road. If another vehicle strikes your motorcycle, you could suffer serious injuries from the other vehicle's impact and your impact with the ground. In addition, your motorcycle could land on you causing injuries as well.
Typical injuries in motorcycle accidents
Passenger and commercial vehicles provide their occupants with protections that could make injuries minor for them, but injuries suffered on a motorcycle could be catastrophic. You could suffer a variety of serious injuries, but some of the most common include the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Brain injuries
Any one of these injuries, along with others, could change your life forever. You may not be able to return to work for weeks or months, if at all. You may never be able to enjoy activities you used to, including riding a motorcycle. In addition to any physical injuries you suffer, you could also suffer from mental and emotional trauma.
Watch out for these dangers
That's why it may be beneficial to understand the dangers you face from other drivers while riding, such as the following:
- Failure to pay attention
In addition to the dangers from other drivers, your motorcycle could have manufacturing or design defects that cause you to crash.
What if the worst happens?
No matter how cautious or diligent you may be while riding, you can't control the actions of others. If you suffer injuries due to the actions of someone else, you may be able to pursue compensation for your medical costs, lost income and other damages. Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, you may have ongoing medical needs and may not be able to return to work any time soon. Any compensation you receive could help with the financial losses that you undoubtedly incurred as a result of the accident.