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A motorcycle-automobile crash can cause a serious injury

Fall is upon us, and many motorcyclists in New Jersey are looking forward to taking their motorcycles out for a scenic cruise. Even as we transition to the cooler months, motorists should always be on the lookout for motorcycles. These small vehicles can easily be overlooked and missed, resulting in a severe collision involving serious injuries.

What are common injuries suffered in a motorcycle-automobile crash? When motorcyclists are involved in a crash, they are most likely to suffer a serious injury to their feet or legs. This is according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it is based on the fact that they put out their limbs to protect themselves in a fall. However, injuries to the hands and arms are lower in severity when compared to feet and leg injuries. Feet and leg injuries account for roughly 30 percent of non-fatal injuries suffered by motorcyclists.

The next most common type of injury suffered by a motorcyclist are injuries to the head and neck. These account for 22 percent of injuries, which evidences why mandatory helmet laws have been passed in numerous states. The third most common injuries suffered by motorcyclists are those that impact the chest, back or shoulders, which is then followed by injuries to the hands, arms, pelvis and hips.

Being involved in a serious collision, such as a motorcycle accident, can have grave results. The resulting injuries can cause much pain and suffering, which is likely to result in significant financial damages. Thus, if a negligent driver is at fault, an injured motorcyclist should understand their rights and recourses.

Source: Motorbikerwriter.com, "Most common motorcycle crash injuries," Mark Hinchliffe, July 18, 2016

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