Motor enthusiasts find motorcycle riding as the favorite pastime in the United States. Given the millions of registered cars on the road, this type of transportation is considered to be the riskiest of all and given the nature of riding; motorcyclists become the most vulnerable group on the road. The study says that chances of dying in a motorcycle accident are 26 times more than a passenger injured in any car accident.
In almost 80% of cases, motorcycle accidents happen at the intersections of the roads. Excessive speeding is also another cause of motorcycle accidents and accounts for over two-thirds of the number of crashes.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Statistics
The motorcycle injuries statistics reveal much more than the potential dangers involved in motorcycle riding. Several reports claim that nearly three thousand motorcyclists die every year in the United States alone. Casualties have been rising since the late 1990s reaching a staggering 12% by 2007. During a research conducted by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2000, it showed that the fault of the motorcyclist is less compared to that of the car drivers.
The study also estimated that riders’ not wearing helmets during riding have 40% more chance of dying due to an accident and 15% more likely in incurring any non-fatal injury. In another study in 2006, the NHTSA found that motorcyclists are 80 times more likely to get injured than any single vehicle traveler.
Types Of Motorcycle Injuries
The types of motorcycle injuries can be fatal as were as non-fatal. The areas that usually get injured during a motorcycle injury are the legs and feet. According to the study conducted by the leading US health institute Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, your legs, and feet represent 30% of the non-fatal injuries, though it is common that you put your hands out to protect yourself when you fall.
Other most common motorcycle accident injuries occur in the head and neck region. According to CDC, it accounts for 22% of all types of motorcycle accident injuries. That is the reason why wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is made compulsory in most of the countries.
The Areas Injured
As mentioned earlier, legs are mostly injured in a non-fatal accident along with your knees, ankles, calves and other lower extremities. Without proper care taken, such injuries can lead to long-term disability.
Road rash is another common injury where you slide on the road after being thrown out of your vehicle. Multiple layers of your skin are peeled off exposing your muscles underneath.
Another injury, more commonly known as Biker’s Arm, is when your arm tries to reduce the impact of the fall resulting in broken bones and damage to the nerves which may also result in permanent nerve damage.
Take Proper Protection
You can also get injured in your head and neck region, in back and shoulders, and also your chest, hips, and pelvis depending on the severity of the impact and the way you fall.
Taking proper protection is therefore very important. Wearing proper boots and abrasion protection pants are therefore required while riding a bike.