Most of us have fallen over at some point and landed on our elbows. This can cause excruciating pain as well as tingling sensations. Fortunately, these feelings usually pass.
The same cannot be said after a fall from a motorcycle. The force that the elbow has to absorb during such an incident is likely to cause the elbow to fracture. Outlined below are three of the more common types of elbow fractures associated with motorcycle accidents.
Radial head fracture
The elbow is comprised of three bones: the humerus, the radius and the ulna. A radial head fracture occurs when the bone that connects the upper arm bone to the elbow suffers severe trauma. Usually this happens when an individual falls over and extends their arm to absorb the impact.
The olecranon is the very tip of your elbow. If you have ever touched this area of your body, then you’ll notice that there is very little muscle and soft tissue around it. This means that if you fall on it, the bone does not have much in terms of protection to cushion the blow.
Distal humerus fracture
While distal humerus fractures are among the least common types of elbow injuries, they can occur during a heavy fall. Victims will usually notice severe swelling as well as difficulties with moving the arm. This is because the humerus plays a vital role in connecting the shoulder to the elbow.
As a motorcyclist, you are more exposed to serious injuries compared to those in vehicles. If you have been injured due to negligence, then you may be entitled to legal compensation. Seek legal guidance to find out more about your options.