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Motorcyclists face increased risk of injury

Motorcyclists in Ohio and throughout the country face increased risks of being involved in an accident and suffering injuries. Motorcycle accident victims are more likely to sustain injuries to their legs and feet, followed by their head and neck, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC conducted a study of 1,222,000 people who sustained motorcycle accident-related injuries and were treated in an emergency room between 2001 and 2008. It reported that the most common type of injuries were leg and feet injuries, comprising 30 percent of all non-fatal injuries. Head and neck injuries were the next most common, accounting for 22 percent.

Accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle are often caused by inattentive drivers. In approximately two-thirds of motorcycle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle caused the accident by failing to yield when the motorcyclist had the right of way.

Motorcyclists are more likely to die or suffer catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis or traumatic brain injury because they do not have the same protections as someone riding in a car. They also face obstacles while driving on busy roads or in inclement weather. Motorcycles are not as easy to see as other vehicles, especially at intersections where most motorcycle accidents occur; they are, therefore, more likely to be involved in a crash.

The fatality rate for motorcycle riders has more than doubled since 1999, proving that motorcycle unawareness is still a critical issue. Those injured in motorcycle accidents may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and should seek the counsel of an experienced attorney when pursuing their personal injury claims.

Source: Ride Apart, "What Body Parts Will You Most Likely Injure In A Motorcycle Crash," accessed Jan. 5, 2018

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