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What are the two most common motorcycle injuries?

Summertime is prime time for motorcycle riders. Exposure to some sunshine and fresh air while taking a ride on a beautiful day are hard to resist. But enjoying the ride should be balanced with experience and information. As such, those who gear up for their ride can benefit from a basic understanding of the dangers inherent to the use of a motorcycle.

Having this information can help riders to better prepare, to take precautions to reduce their risk of injury. A recent publication by the National Law Review provides guidance. It analyzed four different studies from around the world. Each study focused on a specific niche of motorcycle accidents. Some looked at nonfatal injuries while others closely examined injuries that resulted in the rider's death.

Here are the two most valuable takeaways for every rider:

  • Protect your legs and feet.
  • Head injuries continue to be leading cause of death.

These two points were discussed in multiple studies.

What information was discovered about injuries to the legs and feet?

The most common nonfatal injuries involved the rider's legs and feet. This accounted for 30 percent of a review conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC's review included over 1 million cases of people who sought medical treatment for injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents.

A separate study by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that the most common injuries to the legs were broken tibia bones. As a result, the organization recommended the use of lower leg protection.

Are head injuries still a problem?

In short, the answer is yes, head injuries remain a serious issue for motorcycle riders. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that in accidents where riders suffered only one fatal injury, the injury was commonly to the head.

What can I do if I am injured in a motorcycle crash?

Those who are injured in motorcycle crashes should save all the paperwork and receipts connected to the accident. If the accident was the result of another driver's negligence, compensation is likely available to cover these costs through a personal injury suit.

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