Seriousness of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle accidents are almost always worse than car accidents. That’s obvious on its face, given the lack of protection the motorcycle provides to the operator – versus being protected by a car’s body – but, not all motorcycle accidents are serious. During a motorcycle crash, a car or truck’s weight, speed, size, and the points of impact play a large role in how hard the impact is felt by the motorcycle operator. When the worst of those factors align, serious injuries are a near certainty.

Common Motorcycle Related Injuries

Serious injuries are recorded by local and state police officers using the  Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC) guidelines for consistency in national injury and fatality reporting. These guidelines identify injuries a serious based on the following characteristics:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Paralysis
  • Burns
  • Broken or distorted extremities
  • Crush injuries
  • Severe lacerations
  • Skull, chest, or abdominal injuries
Motorcycle accident victims are lucky to leave an accident scene without serious injuries; its unfortunately true that the physical, emotional, and financial stakes are much higher on a motorcycle. Another regrettable fact is that drivers of cars and trucks do not look for motorcycles on the road. That causes most of these types of accidents.

Traumatic Brain Injury Model

Catastrophic injuries include brain and spine injuries, and the numbers for these two catastrophic injuries are staggering. Each year, the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) estimates that 2.8 million people in the United States visit an emergency department with a traumatic brain injury – or TBI – and over 10,000 spinal cord injuries. The injuries must be treated quickly and efficiently. There is no expense that can be spared when treating these types of catastrophic injuries.