When the sun is out, so are motorcycle and scooter owners. If at all possible, you leave the car in the garage and take your bike to work or on a weekend adventure. Summertime just wouldn’t be the same if you couldn’t hit the highway on your roaring hog or your less noisy Vespa.
As a rider, you know that motorcycle accidents are an issue and can be caused by a number of factors, including car drivers not seeing a motorcyclist on the road. In 2015 alone, approximately 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents. If you are involved in a motorcycle or scooter collision, you will need access to proper medical imaging.
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury than other motorists because they are relatively unprotected while sharing the road with much larger vehicles. You often suffer the following injuries:
Leg and Feet Issues
According to a study by the CDC, a motorcyclist’s legs and feet were the most common sites (30%) of non-fatal injuries in an accident. Cuts, bruises and abrasions are common, but riders suffered a fair number of fractures and sprains as well. While some fractures are obvious, many are not. Hairline breaks often can’t be detected with an X-ray but require an MRI. If these fractures are not diagnosed early, they can worsen and require more invasive treatment.
A motorcyclist’s feet and ankles are particularly vulnerable to injury during an accident. You may suffer a sprain, which is the stretching and tearing of your ligaments. Diagnosing the extent of a sprain may require the use of an MRI.
Head and neck injuries account for 22% of all non-fatal accidents and are, of course, responsible for many of the yearly fatalities. Currently, only 19 states and the District of Columbia require that all motorcyclists wear helmets. Those who do not wear helmets are more likely to suffer serious injury.
These injuries can range from a neck sprain, or whiplash, to traumatic brain injuries. For motorcyclists, the biggest concern must be TBI. In less severe cases, symptoms may not show up for days or even weeks, and include headaches, vomiting, speech problems, and dizziness. More severe cases may cause loss of consciousness, seizures, slurred speech and confusion. If you hit your head during a motorcycle accident, whether or not you are wearing a helmet, you need to have expert medical imaging performed.
Onyx provides cutting-edge imaging to the Atlanta area. If you’ve been in a motorcycle or scooter accident, Onyx can provide you with same day X-rays, MRI, or CT scan. In only four hours or less, they will read your results. If you’ve suffered an injury, you will have the answers you need to seek prompt and effective treatment.
Too often, patients don’t get the imaging they need due to financial difficulties. At Onyx, you don’t need to worry about insurance because they offer medical imaging on a lien. That means your bill will be paid when your attorney settles your case. All you need to worry about is healing from your injuries.
Motorcyclists and summertime go together. The weather is perfect for long road trips across the countryside. This type of travel does make you are more vulnerable to accidents. So wear the appropriate protective gear, and if you are injured, visit Onyx Imaging for your X-rays, MRI, or CT scan. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you’ll be out on the road again.