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The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

helmet hanging on handlebar of harley | Common Motorcycle Accident InjuriesEvery year, approximately 90,000 people are injured in motorcycle accidents- everything from minor to life altering injuries. Because they are less protected than the occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists are at a much greater risk of sustaining serious injuries when they are involved in an accident. Sadly, although many riders wear protective gear, such as helmets, jackets, boots, and gloves, this safety gear will not protect from every injury.

To help prevent some of these common motorcycle accident injuries, many agencies have made it their business to study motorcycle crashes and the types of injuries sustained by riders.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC evaluated hospital data for non-fatal injuries sustained by 1,222,000 riders between 2001 and 2008. Their study concluded that 30 percent of injuries occurred on riders’ feet and legs, making those areas the most common location for motorcycle accident injuries.

Accounting for 22 percent, the second most common place that riders received injuries was the head and neck area. That was followed by the back/chest/shoulder area, the arms and hands, and finally, the hips and pelvis.

Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM)

Researchers at AAAM studied injuries in relation to helmet use and rider age. Following a review of hospital discharge records and police reports, injuries over 9 different locations on the body were categorized by severity. The AAAM study concluded that riders who were wearing helmets sustained the fewest severe injuries, but the highest incidence of minor injuries. The AAAM researchers also found that the greatest number of rider injuries occurred to riders’ feet and legs.

Furthermore, the AAAM researchers determined that riders who were younger than 40-years old were more prone to sustain severe head injuries when they did not wear helmets. The opposite was true for riders older than 40-years of age. According to their research, the most common cause of death among riders who died at the hospital were injuries to the:

  • Thorax
  • Head
  • Abdomen

The AAAM study found that helmet use did not significantly affect the data.

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World Health Organization (WHO)

Riders in Pakistan who were treated at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre were the focus of the WHO study. Their evaluation excluded those with soft tissue injuries without fractures, and riders who required neurosurgical intervention for head injuries.

Again, it was determined that the injuries most frequently suffered were to the feet and legs, including fractures to the tibia, fibula, and femur. The bones most commonly broken in the upper body included the bones of the lower arm – the radius and ulna-  and upper arm bone – the humerus. WHO determined that overall, the tibia bones of the lower leg were the most susceptible to breaking in a crash, prompting experts with the organization to recommend the use of lower-leg protection for riders.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The NHSTA evaluated information from the death certificates of 8,539 riders who died in motorcycle accidents between 2000 and 2002. Among riders who wore helmets, 57 percent who were killed received injuries to multiple locations on their body. While 44 percent of riders not wearing helmets died after sustaining injuries to multiple to multiple locations. Nineteen percent of riders wearing helmets died after sustaining head injuries, compared to 36 percent of riders not wearing a helmet.

Out of all fatalities, 51 percent involved injuries to multiple body locations, while 27 percent involved head injuries. In deadly accidents where the rider received only one injury, head injuries were the most common cause of death.

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Denver personal injury lawyers John Lee and Keith Fuicelli from Fuicelli & Lee, P.C.If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, time is of the essence. Valuable evidence can be lost or destroyed in the weeks following an accident. You need an experienced Denver motorcycle accident lawyer on your side from the very start. Our attorneys will help you collect the compensation you need to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, and more. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.


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