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Common motorcycle accident injuries

Eighty percent of motorcycle accidents in West Virginia and across the U.S. result in injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is because motorcycles provide little protection for riders when they collide with cars and trucks.

One of the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents is bone fractures, particularly fractures of the leg, arm, wrist, shoulder and pelvis. Another common injury is road rash, which is a skin abrasion that occurs when a rider falls from his or her bike and slides across the pavement. This injury can range from mild to severe, depending on the amount and depth of skin removed. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are also commonly associated with motorcycle accidents. Helmets can significantly reduce the chances of head injuries and death, but many states do not mandate their use.

Experts recommend that motorcycle riders protect themselves from injuries and death by wearing appropriate protective gear at all times. This includes using a helmet and wearing proper eye gear, protective clothing, footwear and gloves. Riders should also practice defensive driving techniques and remain aware of other motor vehicles around them.

A brain injury caused by a motorcycle accident can negatively impact a victim's health for the rest of their life. For example, TBIs can lead to permanent memory, mood and personality problems, which can make it difficult for a victim to work and perform daily activities. Motorcycle riders who have been injured by a negligent driver have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for damages, including long-term medical expenses and lost wages. An attorney could explain all legal options available.

Source: LiveStrong, "Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents," Stephanie Chandler, June 13, 2017

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