Motorcyclists are known for loving the freedom of the open road and for having a somewhat rebellious spirit to them. This reputation for being "bad to the bone" has caused numerous individuals to take up motorcycling in an effort to escape the confines of the car and their everyday life. Before anyone opts to forgo a car, potentially a convertible if the wind whipping by is the appeal, they should be fully apprised of the risks of motorcycles. One of the greatest risks from this mode of transportation is injury in an accident.
Because motorcycles leaves so much more of the body unprotected from the road, other cars, and objects found on the road, there is a great chance that any "minor" accident is going to have injuries to the motorcycle rider. In fact, accidents that would cause no harm to the driver of a car can have serious effects on the driver or rider of a motorcycle.
The reason that motorcycles are likely to have so much more severe injuries is simple: the motorcycle offers significantly less protection to the rider than a car does. When a motorcycle is in an accident, there is not a steel frame to absorb the impact of the two vehicles and prevent the energy from reaching the motorcyclist.
The seatbelt is an important safety feature of all vehicles today because it prevents the driver and passengers from being thrown from the vehicle. Studies have shown that the injuries to an individual involved in a car accident are much worse when the person leaves the vehicle. This is another huge part of motorcycle injuries. Not only do motorcycles frequently lack seatbelts but they all lack an interior from which the rider can be thrown. There is not really a chance for the rider to stay inside a vehicle and remain protected from everything going on outside of the vehicle.
Like some insects have exoskeletons, the frame of a car acts in the same way. It prevents the other vehicle in the accident from reaching the soft interior of the vehicle and those people that may also be in the car. Motorcycles do not have an "exoskeleton" for their riders. When the motorcycle is hit, the rider is also hit, particularly when the accident is a side impact for the rider.
Overall, protective clothing and gear can do much to prevent injuries in single vehicle entanglements but cannot provide much more protection from cars that may hit a motorcycle.