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Lower extremities most at risk in motorcycle crashes

Motorcycle safety advocates say that riders in California should always wear all the necessary protective gear. However, research shows that certain areas of a rider's body are more vulnerable to injuries than others.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed medical records from 1,222,000 American motorcyclists who suffered non-fatal injuries between 2001 and 2008. They found that 30% of all injuries involved a rider's legs or feet and 22% involved a rider's head or neck. Meanwhile, injuries to the upper trunk region, meaning the chest, shoulders and back, and lower trunk region, meaning the hips and pelvis, were also common.

In another study, researchers from the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine analyzed injury data from Maryland motorcycle accidents that occurred between 1998 and 2002. Like the CDC, they found that lower extremity injuries were the most common for motorcycle riders.

Finally, a study by researchers at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi, Pakistan, found that the tibia and fibula leg bones were at the most risk of breaking in a motorcycle accident. This is because the legs are exposed on both sides of the bike. The authors of the study recommended that riders use leg guards to reduce the risk of injury in crashes.

Someone who suffers leg or arm injuries in a motorcycle crash could be faced with multiple surgeries. In order to recover financial compensation for medical and rehabilitation expenses, it may be necessary for the victim to file a claim against the at-fault party. In addition to medical costs, a personal injury settlement could cover damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages and property loss. A motorcycle accident victim could learn more about their legal rights by contacting an attorney.

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