High Incidence of Lower Extremity Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

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Motorcyclists are at a high risk of accidents when they’re involved in an accident, because they have limited protection that can help minimize the risk of devastating injuries.

Motorcyclists are at a high risk of accidents when they’re involved in an accident, because they have limited protection that can help minimize the risk of devastating injuries.

According to the results of a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that was released in 2008, there was a 61% increase in the number of motorcycle accidents recorded across the country in 1997 and 2006.  The study found that the most common injuries that motorcyclists suffer are lower extremity injuries, head injuries and abdominal injuries.

The highest risk of suffering catastrophic, incapacitating, or fatal injuries was in those crashes in which the initial point of impact of the accident was the front of the motorcycle.  According to analysis of data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in 67% of the motorcycle accident fatalities that were analyzed, the initial point of impact of the accident was the front of the motorcycle.  About 10% of the motorcycle accidents were categorized as non-collision, in which the motorcycle lay on its side.  At least 42% of incapacitating injuries in motorcycle accidents were sustained during front impact accidents, while non-collision-related accidents accounted for 30% of incapacitating injuries.

Although lower extremity injuries are among the most frequent injuries in motorcycle accidents, motorcycle accident lawyers find that these are not the most catastrophic injuries.  The most catastrophic injuries are those that affect the head, chest and abdominal area.

Most lower extremity injuries involve fractures, with foot fractures being particularly common.  Motorcyclists who suffer lower extremity injuries are more likely to suffer a bone fracture than a soft tissue injury.  However, even though lower extremity injuries are not as catastrophic as head injuries and spinal cord injuries, motorcyclists who suffer these injuries will require hospitalization.  In the study, as many as 81% of motorcyclists who suffered lower extremity injuries, required acute hospital care.

 

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