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How are Indianans likely to be injured in motorcycle accidents?


Motorcycle accidents present the possibility of a number of different types of injuries, and, tragically, even death. From broken bones to head injuries, there are many ways that an Indiana biker might become injured in a motorcycle accident. Injuries may result in life-altering and permanent disabilities or involve more minor scrapes and bruises.

According to a study conducted by the CDC of over one million people who suffered from non-fatal motorcycle injuries, the most common injuries occurred to a person's lower extremities. Approximately 30 percent of injuries were inflicted on the leg and foot area. Head and neck injuries accounted for the second most common source of motorcycle injuries, at 22 percent of injuries. Following these two categories, upper trunk injuries, which encompasses injuries to a person's shoulders, back and chest, were most common, then hand and arm injuries, and finally, lower trunk injuries, or those damaging a person's pelvis and hips.

In another study conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, lower extremities were again revealed to be the most-injured body parts in motorcycle crashes. Additionally, for those riders who were not wearing helmets, younger riders more commonly received the most severe head, neck and face injuries, according to the AAAM study.

Regardless of the type of injury an Indiana motorcycle rider suffers from, he or she may have to deal with medical expenses, time away from work and emotional trauma. In the event an accident was caused by a negligent driver, a motorcycle accident victim may have a legal cause of action. An attorney may be able to offer guidance.


Source: rideapart.com, "What Body Parts Will You Most Likely Injure in a Motorcycle Crash?," Wes Siler, accessed April 22, 2016

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