If you ride a motorcycle, you know that fall is the perfect time for riding in Illinois. Little compares to the sense of freedom a motorcycle offers, but this freedom is not without the potential for danger.
Here are three of the most common motorcycle injuries and some ways to avoid them next time you head out on the road.
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by sudden and forceful back-and-forth movement. This injury can result in neck pain and stiffness, shoulder pain, decreased neck range of motion, headaches, dizziness and more. Remaining vigilant of road conditions and the behavior of other drivers while on the road can help reduce your risk of involvement in a crash. Additionally, while they do not provide total protection from whiplash, wearing an airbag vest may minimize the strain on your neck in a motorcycle accident.
2. Skin damage
Road rash is a common and very painful injury associated with motorcycle accidents. This injury happens when skin slides along the pavement and results in an excruciating combination of scratches, cuts and embedded road debris. The best prevention for road rash is to cover your exposed skin by wearing a riding jacket, pants, gloves and a helmet.
3. Brain injuries
Motorcycle accidents can result in a damaging impact on your head and neck. Brain and spinal injuries can be mild or severe, depending on the nature of the crash and your level of protection. Wearing a helmet can reduce or eliminate painful and potentially fatal brain injuries in a motorcycle crash.
Proper protection and vigilance on the road can help you stay safe as you enjoy your next motorcycle adventure.