Common Motorcycle Injuries
Riding a motorcycle has inherent risks, and as much as motorcycle riders may be thrilled by the feel of the road and the wind in their hair, nobody actually wants to sustain a motorcycle injury. Some of the best ways to avoid sustaining any of the most common motorcycle injuries is a matter of taking responsibility for yourself: making sure that you have the right protective gear, that your bike is in good condition and that you know and obey the rules of the road. Unfortunately, some of it is a matter of getting lucky and having the drivers with whom you share the road act responsibly and with care. If you are involved in an accident on your bike and you believe that it was caused or contributed to by the negligence of another driver, or even of those responsible for keeping our roads safe, then contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today to see how we can help.
No matter how safely you operate your bike, you need to be aware of the risks of the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 1.2 million motorcycle riders required emergency medical treatment in the seven-year period between 2001 and 2008. These injuries ranged from major, resulting in fatalities, to minor bumps and bruises. Though some might think that head injuries were the most commonly suffered, a close analysis of the injuries treated revealed that almost one in three non-fatal motorcycle injuries involved either the leg, foot, or both. The lower extremities are extremely vulnerable for those riding a motorcycle.
Following these lower leg breaks, fractures, burns and road rash, head injuries and neck injuries were the next most common, occurring in 22% of non-fatal injuries. Upper trunk injuries were the next most common, with injuries to the arms, hands, and lower trunk being the least commonly injured parts of the body.
Statistics regarding the severity of the injuries sustained by motorcyclists predictably show that those riders that were wearing helmets at the time of their crash suffered injuries that were less severe than those who were not wearing helmets. Interestingly, even though this is the case, the most severe injuries suffered seem not to have anything to do with helmet use: the worst injuries largely impact the lower extremities.
All of these findings involve non-lethal injuries. The injuries that most frequently resulted in death involved injuries to the thorax, with head injuries and abdominal injuries ranking second and third.
Motorcycle riders need to be aware of these statistics, as they should help inform their attitudes and awareness of those around them each time they mount their bikes. Driving defensively and being aware of drivers who are operating their vehicles carelessly is the best way to protect yourself against injury. If the worst should happen and you are injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the law firm of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for help filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit.