Even the most experienced motorcycle riders face heightened risks when they take to North Carolina roads. They might take all the necessary precautions, but it is all too common that other drivers will not look for or see motorcycles, putting them in danger of serious injuries.
The injuries that are visible after a motorcycle accident, such as road rash and leg injuries, are scary for both the rider and their loved ones. However, it is important to look out for internal injuries as well.
Internal injuries are too common in motorcycle accidents
Since bikers do not drive in closed vehicles, they face a significant risk of injury in the event of an accident. And internal injuries are one of the biggest dangers.
Some of the most common internal injuries that result from motorcycle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Abdominal trauma, often involving internal bleeding
- Collapsed lungs
- Spinal cord injuries
Loved ones and riders alike should watch out for the signs and symptoms of these internal injuries, so they can make sure these injuries are attended to. This is also why it is so critical to seek medical attention and care as soon as possible.
Mental health is another internal risk after a crash
People do not usually classify effects on one’s emotional or mental health as internal injuries. However, these invisible effects are serious.
Motorcycle accidents are traumatic events. They can often lead injured motorcyclists to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including:
- Extreme anxiety surrounding motorcycling or even driving again
- Distressing and intrusive memories of the accident
- Symptoms of depression and withdrawal
Mental and emotional recovery after an accident is important too. Families should be aware of these risk factors to ensure injured motorcyclists get the full care they need.