Do helmets always prevent fatal motorcycle accidents?

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2019 | Injuries |

Except for a few snowy winters, Dallas, Texas is one of the few U.S. metros where motorcyclists can ride their bikes year-round. While this allows for more hours of flying down a highway, more time on the road means more opportunities for dangerous accidents.

Motorcycle accident injuries can be devastating. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 398 motorcycle-related fatalities in the state last year. In cases where a motorcycle crashes with a larger vehicle, the motorcyclist is likely to be more injured than the driver of the vehicle. There is simply less protection from danger for someone riding a motorcycle.

Here are some of the injuries commonly associated with motorcycle accidents:

  • Road rash
  • Lower-extremity injuries
  • Upper-extremity injuries
  • Severe brain damage

Lower extremity injuries are the most common motorcycle injuries among older and younger motorcyclists. Lower extremity injuries could include joint dislocations and fractures, or even something as tragic as limb dismemberment. Road rash is an injury specific to motorcyclists and happens when skin scrapes against roadways. Protective gear like leather jackets and gloves are not always enough to protect motorcyclists.

Out of the 398 fatalities in 2018 mentioned above, 50% of victims were wearing a helmet. The other 50% were not wearing a helmet, or it was not known if they were wearing one or not. While it is always the right choice to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, it may not be enough to protect riders from serious or fatal injuries.

A motorcyclist with catastrophic injuries could be either temporarily or permanently out of work. Loss of wages or permanent loss of mobility could be reasons to seek compensation.