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Legs, feet most likely to be injured in motorcycle crash

While some motorcycle riders in West Virginia place a large emphasis on protecting their head with a helmet, these riders may be missing a crucial area of the body that is in need of protection. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 30 percent of all nonfatal motorcycle injuries occur to the lower extremities: Legs and feet.

This conclusion was reached by studying 1,222,000 nonfatal motorcycle injury victims who were treated in an emergency room between 2001 and 2008. Another 22 percent of injuries occurred to the head and neck. Research by the Association For The Advancement Of Automotive Medicine tried to determine whether injury rates were influenced by helmet use. It also looked at the age of a given victim in a crash to determine if that played a role in the severity of injuries experienced.

The study looked at injured riders in the state of Maryland between 1998 and 2002. It found that those who wore helmets had fewer significant injuries. It also showed that younger riders experienced the most significant injuries to the head and face when they didn't wear helmets. However, this was not true of older riders in general. Overall, the AAAM results showed that injuries to the legs and feet were most common.

Riders who experience injuries in a motorcycle crash may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and other costs. This might be true if the accident was caused by poorly maintained roads or the actions of a negligent driver. Those who were hurt while on a motorcycle that was involved in a crash may also be entitled to compensation for their injuries and other damages. Pedestrians injured in a crash may also have a claim if negligence caused those injuries.

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