Though all crashes are tragic, no two accidents are the same, in that the events that lead up to the accident and the subsequent injuries differ from situation to situation. However, the National Highway Transport Safety Administration has highlighted a couple of similarities between motorcycle crashes in an attempt to raise awareness about these issues to reduce the number of accidents.
As mentioned previously on this blog, motorcycles do not provide much protection to the rider in case of a collision. The rider often ends up ejected from his or her seat, which means the rider often ends up hitting other objects as well as the ground as a result. Given this information then, it may come as a surprise to Massachusetts’ residents that lower-extremity injuries are more common among motorcyclists, followed by upper extremities and head injuries coming in third.
Leg injuries, with bone fractures were the most common lower body injuries, when compared to soft-tissue injuries. After receiving treatment and medical care that amounted to more than $20,000 on average, around 80 percent of accident victims were discharged from the hospital. On the other hand, head, chest and abdominal injuries were found to be more serious and often require more care and treatment.
An injury often has the tendency to disrupt one’s life and cause emotional, physical and financial loss. The location of the injury only amplifies the situation. When one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it might be possible to hold them accountable for their behavior and recover finances that could help victims get the care they need to recover.