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How common are lower-extremity injuries?

When you are hit at the front of your motorcycle, it's most likely that you'll suffer from incapacitating or fatal injuries. This is most likely because you're more likely to collide with the vehicle that struck you or be thrown to the ground ahead of you. Because of the kinds of injuries you could suffer if you're in a crash, it's important that you're compensated fairly. You may need care for some time to come.

How common are lower-extremity injuries?

Lower-extremity injuries are the most common injuries to be treated when motorcyclists seek treatment at level I or II trauma centers. Leg injuries are the most common kind of lower-extremity injury, and bone fractures are more common that bruising or other soft-tissue injuries.

Why is that the case?

When you're thrown from a motorcycle, your body hits at the same speed at which you were traveling. That could be anywhere from 10 to 80 or 90 mph; at that speed, the impact can shatter bones and tear skin. If you are thrown into the vehicle that struck you, it may be more common to suffer upper-body injuries. If you aren't thrown, skidding and crashing can trap your legs under your motorcycle or even result in you being run over by the vehicle that hit you.

What kinds of accidents are the least dangerous for motorcyclists?

The least fatal accidents tend to be when motorcyclists are hit from behind; this kind of accident is less likely to force you off your bike and more likely to take place at low speeds, like when you're slowing or stopped for a red light.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, "Lower-Extremity Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes," accessed May 06, 2016

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