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Examining the Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

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Joliet motorcycle accident lawyersStatistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that almost 5,000 motorcyclists die in crashes each year. Another 88,000 suffered non-fatal injuries. What kinds of injuries are experienced by motorcyclists most frequently, and which are most likely to cause a fatality? The following information examines some of the most recent data on motorcycle crashes, and it offers some detailed information on where to find assistance with your personal injury claim.

Lower Extremity Injuries

Data from NHTSA shows that lower extremity injuries, such as those to the feet, ankles, and legs are some of the most common crash injuries experienced by motorcyclists. Examples of such injuries may include broken bones, scrapes, lacerations, and even amputation. Thankfully, most of these injuries are non-fatal in nature. However, they can lead to short- or long-term disability, which may leave the rider at risk for financial issues and serious losses.

Upper Extremity Injuries

Injuries to the hands, wrist, and arms come in a close second for the most commonly sustained motorcycle accident injuries. Again, these are typically non-fatal, but they can result in broken bones, amputation, and other serious injuries that leave the victim unable to work. In such situations, compensation may be owed – especially if there is an element of negligence present.

TBI and Other Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other head injuries are the third most common type of motorcycle accident injury. However, unlike injuries to the upper and lower extremities, injuries to the head may be fatal. As such, riders are encouraged to wear a helmet whenever they ride. Still, even with a helmet, there is no guarantee that the rider's life will be saved, or that they will not experience serious injury. In fact, TBI can still occur, even when the rider is wearing a helmet. If you or someone you love has suffered a head injury during a motorcycle crash, seek experienced legal assistance with your claim.

Thoracic Injuries

Injuries to the head, abdomen, and general thoracic region may result in nothing more than injury, but they can also be some of the deadliest and most severe injury types. Examples include broken ribs, pelvic fractures, internal bleeding, ruptured organs, and spinal injuries. If you or someone you love has experienced such an injury, contact an experienced attorney for assistance as soon as reasonably possible; able to assist with your claim, they can help you pursue the most compensation possible. Given the severe nature of these injuries, that potential for an increased settlement may be crucial to a victim's quality of life.

Contact Our Joliet Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

At Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., we fight to protect the rights and best interest of motorcycle accident victims. Dedicated and experienced, our Joliet motorcycle accident lawyers will aggressively pursue the most compensation possible for your situation. Learn more about how we can assist with your claim by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 815-666-1285.

Sources:

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/810982

http://www.iii.org/issue-update/motorcycle-crashes

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