When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, a tire blows on a car, a driver is distracted by texting and driving, or a driver doesn’t see your motorcycle and changes lanes into your lane, it is likely you will find yourself involved in a crash. Unfortunately, most motorcycle collisions involve serious injuries for the rider, such as pelvic fractures.
Although a pelvic fracture might not sound so serious, it can be. Your pelvis is made up of five bones including the pubis, sacrum, ilium, ischium and coccyx. These five bones are called the pelvic ring, as it is a circular bone structure. This ring of bones protects internal organs, including most digestive and reproductive organs. When damage to this ring occurs, it is likely that internal organ damage will also take place.
When a crash causes two or more breaks in the pelvic ring, it is known as an unstable pelvic fracture, which can result in heavy bleeding. This is why pelvic fractures can be very serious and even life-threatening. Unfortunately, some people die from pelvic injuries in crashes, and those who survive often suffer the following long-term effects:
- Chronic pain
- Low backache
- Pubic tenderness
- Limping due to leg length
- Gait abnormalities
- Difficulty performing certain work or activities
- Sexual dysfunction
Not only are victims of pelvic fractures physically affected, but their mental health is often affected by the difficulty of recovery. Their financial stability can also be impacted, due to the fact they often cannot work and make a living. If you have suffered a pelvic fracture in a motorcycle accident, it is wise to know about these long-term effects in order to make sure you are compensated fully.