When you’re traveling on your motorcycle on the open road, it’s exciting. The thrill of riding without protection around you and feeling the wind in your face is what draws many people back time and time again to ride. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are prevalent in our state and so are injuries suffered in those crashes. What are the most common injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident? The answer might surprise you.

According to a study of non-fatal injuries between 2001 and 2008 done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of over 1.2 million people who were seen in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to motorcycles, 30 percent had injuries to their legs and feet. Neck and head injuries were the next most common injuries, accounting for 22 percent of motorcycle-related injuries. Shoulders, chest and back injuries, hands and arms were the next two categories, respectively. Finally, the pelvis and hips were last.

Another study, this one done by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, found that younger riders experienced a higher incidence of severe head, face and neck injuries when they weren’t wearing a helmet; however, the opposite was true for riders 40 years old and older. There were more incidents in older riders of leg and foot injuries being the most severe injury suffered in a motorcycle crash.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you may have suffered injuries to your lower extremities. Serious injuries, though, can cause financial difficulties, as medical expenses and lost wages can add up quickly. An experienced personal injury attorney can guide you through the process for seeking compensation from the person or parties who were responsible for the accident.

Source: RideApart, “What Body Parts Will You Most Likely Injure in a Motorcycle Crash?,” Wes Siler, accessed Feb. 03, 2016