Motorcycle crashes are dangerous because of the impacts on the riders, but there are also other risks. One of those risks is the possibility of being burned. The force of a crash may lead to leaks, sparks, explosions and fires.
On top of that, there is a great risk of being burned on the exhaust pipe. A rider may normally avoid that burn by wearing the right clothing and sitting correctly on the motorcycle, but in a collision, the force may push the hot parts of the motorcycle onto the rider. There are cases where people have suffered serious third-degree burns just from the exhaust pipe.
Why do motorcyclists have such a high risk of burns in a crash?
The risk of being burned comes down to a few factors, such as if the motorcycle catches on fire, if the vehicle falls onto the victim, what the motorcyclist was wearing at the time of the collision and if any hazardous materials were involved in the crash.
It’s most common to see motorcyclists suffer burns to their legs, around the calves and ankles, because those areas are most likely to be exposed to the hot exhaust. However, if gasoline spills or a fire starts due to sparks from the collision, a rider could be burned significantly anywhere on their body.
Burns are serious, and you deserve support
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash and are burned as a result, it may mean that you have to go through surgery, live with scarring and disfigurement and have to learn to live with the outcome. If another person causes a crash that leads to serious burns, remember that you can take steps to hold them responsible.