What are the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents?

Jul 21, 2021 | Motorcycle Accidents

In motorcycle collisions, the most common injuries are lower-extremity injuries. These injuries include wounds to the feet, ankles, knees, thighs and other areas of the legs.

Why are they so common? When hit, a rider may fall off the motorcycle or be thrown in a way that forces them to land badly on their legs.

Lying the bike flat to avoid injury may also result in road rash and friction injuries, broken bones and other wounds.

According to the data, around 30% of all nonfatal injuries were recorded on the feet or legs. There, it was most common for motorcyclists to break their:

  • Femur
  • Tibia
  • Fibula

Leg, feet and knee injuries happen fairly often because of the lack of protection against these injuries in a crash. There could be broken bones from impacts, road rash from friction and burns from coming into contact with hot parts of the motorcycle.

It’s not just bones that are at risk of injury

While broken bones are serious, other damage can be significant as well. For example, road rash may damage the musculature of the body and require surgery for debridement and repair. In severe cases, a patient may even need skin grafts. Did you know that road rash can occur when you’re fully clothed? Wearing the right gear can help, but it’s always a risk in a crash (especially at high speeds).

How can you avoid crashes with other drivers?

As a motorcyclist, it’s a good idea to follow your local and state laws and to avoid making driving mistakes that could put you at risk. Understand that left turns put motorcyclists at a high risk of injury, because other drivers may pull out in front of them or cut them off when they have the right-of-way.

Speeding is also a leading motorcycle accidents. If you reduce your own speed, you may help yourself avoid crashes with others who are not obeying the speed limit.

These are some things to know about injuries and motorcycle crashes. If you’re hurt, seek medical care immediately and know that the at-fault driver may be held liable.