When it comes to motorcycle crashes, do you know what injuries are the most common? If you want to protect yourself from the dangers of the open road, it might actually help you to know. So, for our next Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month blog, the motorcycling attorneys at the Metier Law Firm are going to look at which parts of the body are commonly injured in a motorcycle crash.
The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The parts of your body that have the lowest chance of getting injured, if you are in a motorcycle crash, are your hips and pelvis. These parts of your body, aren’t usually exposed to impacts when your ride goes down, so they are often unscathed after a crash. Your pelvis is also one of the thickest and strongest bones in your body, so it’s pretty hard to break in the first place.
Surprisingly, your arms and hands are also not that vulnerable, or at least that’s what the Centers for Disease Control says. Other safety organizations like the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) put arms and hands higher up on the list, but all these watchdogs agree these appendages aren’t the most vulnerable body parts in the event of a motorcycle crash.
Your chest, shoulders and back are the next set of body parts that are most likely to be injured during a motorcycle crash. An injury to any of these body parts can make it hard for you to work or get around, but an injury to your neck or head can be far worse. Head and neck injuries make up around 22 percent of motorcycle injuries, which makes them the second most likely injury during a motorcycle accident. These injuries also have the most potential to end your life.
The body part that is most commonly injured when a motorcycle goes down is actually a rider’s legs. The CDC says that 30 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle injuries are in the lower extremities. This may be a little surprising at first, but many riders don’t use leg protection or wear boots when they ride. This often means that your legs are left unprotected when you go down.