Internal Injuries In Motorcycle Accidents
Internal injuries often result due to motorcycle accidents. Due to the high degree of force that typically occurs during a motorcycle accident, injuries stemming from these crashes are often serious in nature. Many of these crashes lead to life-threatening injuries, and some lead to the death of the motorcyclist and, if applicable, motorcycle passenger.
As seen in the many Illinois motorcycle accidents discussed on this site, a wide range of accident injuries can result. These injuries range in severity.
Types Of Internal Injuries
There are a variety of internal injuries that can result in vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents. Various types of internal injuries can include:
- Internal bleeding, which can occur throughout the body
- Thoracic trauma
- Punctured lung
- Ruptured spleen
- Broken ribs
- Kidney damage
- Intracranial hemorrhage (i.e. brain bleed)
There are many types of symptoms that may indicate internal injuries. These symptoms can vary depending upon the injury, and the degree to which they manifest can vary. Some symptoms can take a while to manifest, regardless of the injury severity.
It is recommended that after being hurt in a motorcycle accident, a person should get a thorough medical exam. A thorough discussion of the reasons is found on the “Reasons For Getting A Medical Exam After A Motorcycle Accident” page. This medical exam has several benefits, both from a medical and health perspective as well as a legal perspective. From a medical perspective, such a medical check – which is typically performed in the emergency room (ER) – will check for all injuries, both those that are obvious as well as those that may not be evident.
Among the tests that may be performed include blood tests, CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays.
There are many different types of brain injuries. These injuries can vary both in severity and type. On this site, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is further discussed on the “Head Injuries Resulting From Motorcycle Accidents” page. This page also highlights various Illinois motorcycle accidents that have resulted in head injuries.
The “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) And Concussions” page also discusses various aspects of TBI. Among the subjects discussed are symptoms of brain injuries, as well as the long-term adverse health consequences that can result from serious head trauma. It should be noted that traumatic brain injuries can be complex in nature. Due to this inherent complexity of various brain injuries, the quality of recovery (i.e. will there be full or partial functional recovery) as well as the time to recover can vary substantially.
Traumatic brain injuries can vary from a mild concussion to severe brain trauma that can be immediately life-threatening or fatal.
As mentioned above, intracranial hemorrhage is one type of internal injury that can occur. Intracranial hemorrhage is discussed on the Cleveland Clinic’s “Intracranial Hemorrhage, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and Hemorrhagic Stroke” page. As defined on that page:
An intracranial hemorrhage is a type of bleeding that occurs inside the skull (cranium).
Bleeding around or within the brain itself is known as a cerebral hemorrhage (or intracerebral hemorrhage).
On that page intracranial hemorrhage is further defined, and its causes and symptoms are discussed.
Why Motorcycle Accidents Often Lead To Serious Injuries
When riding a motorcycle, a motorcyclist (and, if applicable, passenger) do not have the structural protection that an occupant in other types of enclosed vehicles, such as cars or SUVs, have. As well, on a motorcycle there are no restraint systems, such as seat belts or airbags, that are typically seen on other vehicles. Due to this overall lack of protection, motorcycle riders are often vulnerable to injury. This injury can be especially traumatic if various factors exist. Among these factors are if the motorcyclist is thrown from the bike (i.e. ejected) during the crash. Another factor is that if the motorcyclist is not wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash, and a head impact occurs.
If You Are Injured During A Motorcycle Crash
If you are injured during a motorcycle crash, there are a number of recommended actions that should be taken. Generally speaking, these actions address both medical and legal issues. The “10 Steps To Take Following A Motorcycle Accident” page discusses these steps.
These steps should be taken as soon as possible after the crash. Many of the injuries that typically occur during a motorcycle accident can be serious in nature, and their adverse health impact can increase if they are not treated promptly and effectively.