Last weekend Daytona Beach hosted its 20th annual Biketoberfest, a three-day motorcycle rally that gives motorcyclists from all over the state and country an opportunity to soak up the sun, beaches, entertainment and all the bikes they can dream of.
However, like any large event that brings major traffic, Biketoberfest can be a risky destination for motorcyclists. Bikers are used to facing unique hazards on the road from inattentive motorists but when thousands gather in one place those risks are compounded. Add to the mix a carefree, partying attitude and serious motorcycle accidents begin to seem inevitable.
To prepare for these risks, one nearby hospital stocked up on blood for transfusions, scheduled extra staff and prepared for a surge in admissions. The trauma program coordinator said motorcycle events are unique for the number of trauma cases they present.
The hospital saw 10 trauma-related missions, six of them critical, between Thursday afternoon and Saturday evening. Admissions often slow down Sunday morning, when the rally winds down and people begin to leave town. Last year, six people died in Biketoberfest-related wrecks.
Hospital staff said there are three most common types of injuries that occur at Biketoberfest and similar events:
- head injuries, the most common
- pelvic fractures, which occur when a car stops suddenly and a biker hits the rear
- shattered legs, which happen during a wreck or while grinding against a railing
If you have been injured while riding your motorcycle, consider speaking with a personal injury attorney experienced in similar matters.
Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal, "Bikers mean trauma, and Halifax unit is ready," Skyler Swisher, Oct. 20, 2012