Motorcycle safety gear has advanced tremendously over the past decade, but even with the proper equipment, you are likely to suffer injuries in the event of an accident. An impact with another vehicle or the pavement can damage just about any part of your body, but some injuries are more common than others.
RideApart.com published a comprehensive analysis of a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which investigated the most common types of injuries sustained in motorcycle wrecks. At the top of the list were injuries to the feet and legs, followed closely by injuries to the head, neck, and spine.
It goes without saying that motorcycle accident injuries are costly to treat, and lost wages can add up quickly. If your crash was caused by a negligent driver, you should not have to pay for these losses out of your own pocket.
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Read on to learn about the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle wrecks:
- Injuries to the Legs and Feet
Although most riders would never hop in the saddle without a helmet, the motorcycle community doesn’t put nearly enough emphasis on the importance of wearing proper riding pants and boots. The CDC study found that about 30 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle injuries affected the feet and legs.
- Injuries to the Head and Neck
You’re probably aware that a serious injury to the head or neck can have far-reaching consequences. Paralysis or a traumatic brain injury can affect your career, relationships, and enjoyment in life. Riders who are fortunate enough to survive these injuries are often forced to endure invasive surgeries and months of rehabilitation. Some never make a full recovery.
According to the CDC, injuries to the head and neck account for about 22 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle accident injuries.
- Spine, Abdomen, and Thorax
Most of the remaining 48 percent of motorcycle crash injuries affect the spine, abdomen, or thorax. The effects of these injuries range from a minor loss of motor function to high tetraplegia and severe organ damage. Even with the proper safety attire, riders can still injure their spine, abdomen, or thorax in an impact with another vehicle or the pavement.
Although no amount of compensation can undo the pain and emotional trauma caused by a motorcycle wreck, you may be able to regain your financial footing by filing a personal injury claim. A Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm can help you fight for the maximum compensation and avoid costly mistakes during the claims process. Call 800-522-6733 today to arrange a free initial consultation.