As one of our North Carolina readers who enjoys riding a motorcycle, you realize the joy that comes along with this experience. Every time you get on your bike, you feel like the world is at your fingertips.
Even as you do your best to remain safe while riding, there are others around you who may not have the same plan. Instead, they don't want to share the road with you.
There are many risks associated with a motorcycle accident, including both injury and death. While there is no way of saying for sure how a person will be injured in such an accident, lower extremities are often affected.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined lower extremity injuries in motorcycle crashes in an attempt to "define the characteristics of lower-extremity injuries among motorcyclists involved in traffic crashes." The study found the following: "While lower-extremity injuries were more frequent, head, chest, and abdominal injuries tended to be more severe."
This shows that all types of injuries are possible, with some being more frequent and others being more serious.
There is only so much a motorcyclist can do to prevent injury in the event of a crash. Even with the best protective gear, there is no guaranteed way to avoid all injuries.
Motorcyclists should stay up to date with this type of information, as it goes a long way in showing what can happen if they are involved in an accident. From preventing injuries to dealing with the aftermath to recovering financially and emotionally, knowledge is power.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Lower-Extremity Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes" accessed Feb. 17, 2015