Exploring North Carolina behind the handlebars of a motorcycle is hard to beat. Whether you prefer casual cruises through Wilson or long treks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you must take steps to stay safe on your bike. After all, in 2017, 141 motorcyclists died on North Carolina's roadways.
Even though your motorcycle is fun to ride, it does not offer many safety features. If you collide with a car, truck, SUV or commercial vehicle, there is a good chance you may sustain some type of injury. While injuries to your brain, neck and spinal column may be debilitating, an injury to your arms may prevent you from ever riding again.
Understanding biker’s arm
Following a motorcycle accident, many riders experience biker’s arm. This condition occurs when a motorcycle lands on a rider’s arms, wrists or hands during an accident. It may also happen when a rider extends his or her arms instinctively to brace for impact. Riders with biker’s arm often report numbness, tingling, pain, loss of motion and loss of control.
As a serious rider, you know how to stay safe on your bike. While practicing defensive and responsible riding is often an effective way to avoid a collision, you can take additional steps to protect yourself from biker’s arm. Wearing protective clothing, such as a jacket and gloves, may minimize your chances of sustaining an injury to your arms, wrists and hands.
If you have biker’s arm following an accident, your life may never be the same again. Fortunately, you may be able to pursue compensation from whomever caused the collision. When doing so, you must think about all your damages. Because biker’s arm may affect your ability to work, you also may need to consider filing for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
With a bit of luck and some caution, you may never find yourself in the middle of a motorcycle accident. If you do, though, you must watch for the symptoms of biker’s arm to appear. By understanding the condition, you can likely better prepare for life after a motorcycle crash.