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What types of fractures are common after motorcycle accidents?

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Georgia is the perfect state for going on a scenic motorcycle ride. Unfortunately, as other drivers do, motorcyclists always carry the risk of getting into accidents. When motorcyclists fall off their vehicles or collide with other drivers, certain bones are more prone to fractures than others.

Femur fractures

While the femur is one of your body’s strongest bones, it isn’t immune from damage during motorcycle accidents. Femur fractures can happen when this bone slams down on a surface or gets rolled over by your motorcycle. Being such a vital bone for walking and riding, fracturing your femur can take months to heal.

Arm fractures

Your arms can help protect you from the impact of a motorcycle wreck. Unfortunately, the bones in most people’s arms will fracture or break while providing protection during an accident. It’s also common for wrist fractures to happen after motorcycle crashes.

Fractured feet

Motorcyclists who suffer fractured bones often damage their metatarsals. The metatarsals are five bones connecting your phalanges and tarsal bones. Even non-severe metatarsal fractures can take several weeks to heal. If you experience multiple fractures to your metatarsal bones, surgery could be a requirement before you fully heal.

Pelvic and hip fractures

Your pelvis and hips help provide mobility, especially while riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, the pelvis can fracture in many ways. Vertical shift pelvic fractures happen when part of your pelvis violently moves upward. The impact of a surface or a moving motorcycle may also cause lateral crush fractures, occurring when you experience a crushed pelvis.

Bone fractures typically cause many side effects, including pain, swelling and bruising. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect you’re dealing with a bone fracture.

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