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Which injuries are most common for motorcyclists?

If you're riding a motorcycle when you're hit by another driver, you're going to get hurt in most cases. Which body parts are most likely to be injured, and what can you do to try to protect yourself? Here are a few quick statistics and tips.

When were the figures recorded, and how large was the study group?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied 1,222,000 people who were involved in non-fatal motorcycle crashes, suffered motorcycle-related injuries and were admitted to U.S. emergency rooms to find out the answer to that question. The study, which took place between 2001 and 2008, recorded the most common areas where motorcyclists were injured.

Which body parts were most likely to be injured?

The most common location, which was injured in 30 percent of all non-fatal crashes reported, was the leg and foot. The next most common areas for injuries were the head and neck regions. These injury locations made up 22 percent of all reported injuries.

The CDC didn't report how serious the injuries were or if the individuals were wearing the right attire on the road. To help prevent these kinds of injuries, always wear a helmet that fits properly. Wear long pants and long sleeves if you don't have professional riding gear, and upgrade when you can. You want to put as many layers between you and the surface of the road as possible in the case of an accident. If you're hit, seek medical attention immediately. The at-fault driver should have insurance, which you can use to make a claim. If not, you can pursue a civil lawsuit and sue directly.

Source: Ride Apart, "Which Body Parts Will You Most Likely Injure In A Motorcycle Crash?," Wes Siler, accessed Oct. 11, 2016

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