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Common spinal injuries motorcycle accident cases

Serious injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents, and when the accident involves a motorcycle, the injuries -- particularly to the spine -- can be severe if not fatal. This article will discuss the most common types of spinal injuries from motorcycle accident cases:

-- Injuries to the cervical spine. The cervical spine consists of seven vertebrae between the base of the skull and the upper back. This area of the spine supports small muscles which allow for refined movement of the neck and head. The cervical spine -- or simply the neck area -- is delicate and particularly prone to injuries.

-- Injuries to the thoracic spine. The thoracic spine consists of 12 vertebrae beneath the neck area to the mid-back. This part of the spine supports the rib cage, and movement is limited, making it less subject to injury. However, when this area is injured, it can affect breathing, the heart, nerve communication and muscle control related to any areas of the body below it.

-- Injuries to the lumbar spine, which is the lower back area beneath the thoracic spine. It consists of five large vertebrae, and some patients have six. The lower back is the primary support area for the entire body, so when an injury happens here it can be severely debilitating and disabling.

When any of the above areas of the spine are injured, the injuries can involve serious damage to nerves, ligaments, fractured vertebrae, and more. These types of injuries can also cause temporary or permanent disabilities, paralysis, lack of motor control, severe pain and other complications.

British Columbia residents who have been involved in a motorcycle accident and suffered any type of injury, including spinal injuries, may want to discuss their accident and injuries with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Source: Kinetic Health, "Motor Vehicle Accidents," accessed Sep. 29, 2016

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