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Lower extremities often injured in motorcycle accidents

As a previous post noted, motorcyclists are prone to certain accidents because of the errors and negligence of other motorists. If a driver fails to check their blind spot, travels too closely behind a motorcyclist or fails to yield to an oncoming motorcyclist, he or she could cause a serious motorcycle crash. Unlike other collisions, motorcycle accidents have the tendency to involve traumatic and severe injuries. Because motorcycles do not have the hard exterior shells most automobiles are equipped with, motorcyclists are likely to be thrown from their bikes, suffering serious injuries.

Based on one study, it was found that injuries to the lower extremities were the most common motorcycle accident injuries. In fact, based on cash data collected from 1997 to 2006, 81 percent of motorcycle accident victims suffered isolated lower-extremity injuries. Lower extremity injuries included injuries to the foot, ankle, knee, thigh, hip and pelvis.

With regards to incapacitating accidents or collisions that resulted in disabling injuries, the most likely point of impact in a motorcycle crash is the front. The side and then the rear of the bike followed this. During this time frame, roughly 47,000 motorcyclists suffered level I and level II trauma injuries. Of those, 10 percent of those injured suffered a single isolated lower-extremity injury, 9 percent suffered multiple lower extremity injuries, 28 percent suffered lower extremity injuries along with other injuries and the remaining 53 percent suffered non-lower extremity injuries.

A lower extremity injury could cause serious or even disabling medical and health issues. This could leave the accident victim with a long road of recovery, requiring rehabilitation and even major life changes. Such a situation could cause a motorcycle accident victim to incur a tremendous amount of medical bills, making it difficult to cover the costs to heal from the injuries he or she suffered.

If another driver is a fault and caused a motorcycle crash, victims could take steps to hold that driver liable for the accident. Moreover, a victim could pursue compensation, helping them offset the financial hardships caused by the incident.

Source: Crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov, "Lower-Extremity Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes," accessed August 17, 2016

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