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Motorcyclists at risk for head injuries, road rash

For many Florida riders, motorcycles are a fast, fuel-efficient way to get where they need to go. However, motorcycles require additional skills and coordination than other types of vehicles, making them easier to become involved in accidents. Because motorcycle riders are not as protected as other motorists, about 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in either injuries or death.

Bone fractures, particularly in the legs, are common injuries in motorcycle accidents due to the fact that motorcycles cannot stand up on their own. This means that, during an accident, a limb can become stuck underneath the vehicle. Fractures in the wrist or arms may occur if a motorcyclist tries to break his or her fall. Head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, are also common and can lead to disability or even death. Although wearing a helmet reduces the risk of serious injury and death, some simply refuse to wear them or wear ones that do not offer proper protection.

Finally, road rash is a major concern. This type of motorcycle accident injury occurs when riders make contact with asphalt or other road surfaces. If a motorcyclist is not wearing proper protective clothing, skin abrasions can occur. In some cases, a motorcyclist may experience complete loss of his or her skin in the areas that came into contact with the road.

Even motorcycle accidents that are considered to be minor can leave a motorcyclist with severe injuries or even disabilities, especially if he or she suffered broken bones, a head injury or road rash. If the accident was caused by a motorist who was driving unsafely or who simply failed to see the motorcyclist, a personal injury attorney could assist in seeking compensation from the at-fault driver.

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