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What are the most common injuries in a motorcycle accident?

A motorcycle accident is not only dangerous but potentially life-threatening. When you lose control of your motorcycle or collide with a vehicle, there are several things that could happen. You could hit the vehicle head-on, slide on the road or be thrown from your motorcycle. In each case, you face a series of significant injuries.

You can reduce your risk of injuries by wearing a helmet and appropriate riding gear at all times. After looking at a collection of data from emergency room visits for non-fatal crashes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the highest risk of injury is to the feet and legs. Around 30 percent of those in non-fatal collisions or crashes suffered injuries to the lower extremities.

Head and neck injuries are the next most common injuries at 22 percent. These injuries include things like traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, whiplash and bruising. Other areas of the body likely to be injured include the arms, hands, hips and pelvis.

It's been proven that wearing a helmet reduces the severity of injuries to the neck and head if worn appropriately. Wearing the right gear also helps protect your skin and organs from the tear of hard, gritty surfaces like the road. Leather, for example, can help prevent road rash and cuts from debris.

No one wants to get into an accident, but taking some precautions can help you be better prepared for one. If a dangerous driver hits you, you have every legal right to file a claim and seek compensation for the injuries you suffered.

Source: Ride Apart, "What Body Parts Will You Most Likely Injure In A Motorcycle Crash?," Wes Siler, accessed Feb. 14, 2017

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