Studies say these motorcycle injuries are the most likely in a crash

Safety gear can compensate for a motorcycle rider’s vulnerability in an accident. Head injuries are the most fatal, but helmets lower the risk.

People in cars and other passenger vehicles rely on seatbelts, airbags and other safety features to protect them in a crash in Pennsylvania. Motorcyclists are almost inevitably going to come in contact with the road in an accident, though. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2013 fatal crash statistics show that motorcycle riders were 26 times more likely to die than people in passenger vehicles.

RideApart.com compares information provided by several studies to learn the most common injuries and their aftermaths. Statistics such as these help riders and experts determine what safety equipment is needed to compensate for the dangers.

Legs and feet

According to data, the lower extremities are the most likely area to sustain injuries in motorcycle crashes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and the World Health Organization have all confirmed this fact. The tibia, which is the shinbone, is the most likely bone to be broken in a crash, followed by the fibula, or calf bone.

The studies do not provide information on the presence of safety gear in the crash data. However, for the legs, ankles and feet, safety gear is not as prevalent as helmets and other body armor, and this could be a contributing factor to the higher rate of harm.

Head and neck

The CDC study showed that 22 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle crash injuries occurred to the head and neck. Statistics from WHO indicate that brain injuries are the most frequent cause of death, though. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics demonstrate the importance of helmet use, since unhelmeted death rates are much higher.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the chance of a fatal head injury is 37 percent higher for riders who are not wearing helmets. Traumatic brain injuries, which can cause permanent debilitating disabilities, are three times more prevalent among riders who are not wearing helmets.

Other body parts

The chest, shoulders and back were next in line for the number of injuries in motorcycle crashes, according to the studies reviewed by RideApart.com. Arms and hands were least likely to be injured in a crash. While padded jackets and gloves help to lower the severity of injuries, armor is much more effective. Gloves with guards on the heel of the hand can help protect against serious hand, wrist and arm injuries.

When motorists are responsible for causing motorcycle crashes, they should be held liable for the damages. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Leisawitz Heller may be able to assist riders in receiving all the compensation they are entitled to by law.