With summer in full swing, you probably spend even more time than usual riding your motorcycle on the streets, roads and highways of Illinois. While there is nothing more satisfying than heeding the call of the open road, you need to realize, however, that riding a bike puts you at extraordinarily high risk for serious injury should you crash.

OurEverydayLife.com reminds you that since your bike offers little protection in the event of a crash, the three most likely injuries you will suffer are the following:

  1. Head injury
  2. Broken bones
  3. Road rash
  1. Head injuries

Despite the fact that you surely wear a helmet any time you ride, it cannot fully protect your head in a crash any more than a football helmet can protect an athlete from an on-the-field injury. Should you sustain a blow to your head in your crash because it hits the pavement, a guardrail, a tree or some other hard object, you may well suffer a concussion at best and a traumatic brain injury at worst. Such an injury could cause your brain to malfunction, leaving you with a lifetime of debilitating physical, mental and emotional symptoms.

  1. Broken bones

Face it. Your motorcycle cannot stand up on its own. Consequently, if you crash it, you face a real risk that at least one of your hands, arms, shoulders or legs will become trapped underneath it. Not only will this likely result in one or more of your bones fracturing, but it could also cause so much damage to your arm or leg that your limb will have to be amputated.

  1. Road rash

Even if you wear protective clothing whenever you ride, it too cannot fully protect you in the event you crash your bike. As your body slides along the pavement or gravel during your crash, the friction likely will rip your clothing to shreds and subject you to what could be a very serious and painful road rash. This, in turn, likely will require you to undergo multiple surgeries so as to repair the damage to your skin and underlying tissues and minimize the substantial scarring that road rash injuries often cause.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.