Florida motorcyclists know how essential safety precautions are when it comes to taking the streets on two wheels. Between 2001 and 2008, over 1,222,000 people were treated in emergency rooms in the United States for non-fatal injuries related to motorcycle crashes.
Motorcycle accidents and associated injuries are tracked by a number of institutions, including the Center for Disease Control, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, World Health Organization and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. They found that 30 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle injuries occurred on the legs and feet. The second most common type of injury, head and neck injuries, happened to 22 percent of crash victims.
Other common injuries in motorcycle accidents included those to the upper trunk, including the chest, shoulder and back, the arms, the hands and the lower trunk, including the hips and pelvis. These types of wounds varied in severity, depending on the type of accident. Other studies looked at the use of safety gear, including motorcycle helmets. Studies showed that helmet wearers’ injuries were more likely to be less serious while non-helmeted riders had more severe injuries.
Another study looked at what types of injuries were more likely to result in death, particularly those at the hospital rather than at the accident scene. While deaths on the scene are more likely to result from head injuries, those in the hospital following an accident were most frequently caused by injuries to the thorax, followed by those to the head and abdomen.
Even when wearing protective safety gear, motorcyclists are at risk of serious personal injuries in any motorcycle crash. They are particularly vulnerable during crashes caused by drunk, distracted or drowsy drivers or in accidents with large trucks or buses due to their exposure to the outside. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help motorcyclists facing severe injuries through no fault of their own seek compensation for their medical bills and other damages in court.