Common Motorcyclist Injuries
Did you know that over 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in either the injury or death of the motorcyclist?1 Although riders enjoy the benefits of fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and the exhilaration of the open Florida road, motorcycles are not designed with the safety features inherent in certain automobiles.
Motorcycles vs. Automobiles
Unlike an automobile, which has airbags, seat belts, an external structure, and simply more weight, motorcycles lack basic safety mechanisms. The absence of a motorcycle’s enclosed structure may subject its riders to a high impact ejection, which could leave you injured and unable to move off the road to a safe location. Further, operating a motorcycle requires an advanced skill set, as it is more difficult to operate than a traditional motor vehicle and necessitates a rider maintain a higher level of focus and visibility. With the frequent summer storms rolling off the gulf and through Tampa Bay, severe weather conditions can also cause motorcyclists to lose visibility and traction, which results in an increased risk of injury.
Types of Injuries to Riders
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”),2 the most common types of motorcycle injuries are as follows, in order of those most frequently seen in trauma centers:
- Lower-extremity Injuries;
- Upper-extremity Injuries;
- Traumatic Head Injuries;
- Chest Injuries, and
- Abdominal Injuries.
Although the NHTSA reports that lower-extremity injuries, such as broken legs, ankles, and/or muscular tears, are the most common, it reports that head, chest, and abdominal injuries are the most severe. As motorcycles do not provide the same enclosed environment and impact protection as traditional motor vehicles, riders must often rely on the quality of their external gear to help prevent these more severe injuries.
Injury Preventative Gear
Many motorcycle enthusiasts recommend riders take the following precautions in order to avoid serious or fatal injury. These include wearing:
(1) an approved motorcycle helmet;
(2) a jacket and pants made of high-quality, durable material;
(3) goggles and a face shield;
(4) non-slip gloves; and
(5) durable boots to protect your ankles and lower extremities.
Ensure your Passion Does not Become a Legal Hazard, Contact an Experienced Florida Motorcycle Firm Today
Motorcycle injuries are often severe and can happen suddenly. If you or a loved one is an avid Florida rider in the Clearwater area, take the time to contact a qualified motorcycle accident attorney who can help you make the best legal decisions for your lifestyle, which may even save your life. The Dolman Law Group is your go-to motorcycle firm in the Clearwater area. With experience handling catastrophic injuries, motorcyclist liability, and multi-vehicle collisions, they will advocate on behalf of your rights as a rider while working to protect you from harm. Call 727-451-6900 today for a no-risk consultation.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765