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Areas of the body likely to be impacted in a motorcycle wreck

Motorcyclists face the risk of injury if they are involved in an accident. They know that they need to wear a helmet to protect the head and that other safety gear can help them to have a safe ride. What many don't realize is that there is no area of the body that isn't at risk when they are on the motorcycle.

Trying to protect the entire body can be a stressful experience. Gathering a good set of safety gear is one of the most important things you can do. This minimizes the risk of injury. Since some body parts are more likely to be injured, they should be your priority.

The lower limbs

The lower limbs have the highest rate of injury that don't result in a fatality. They account for around 30 percent of the non-fatal injuries that motorcyclists suffer. Some of these injuries, such as broken bones, can't really be prevented through the use of safety gear. Things like riding boots and pants can help to prevent road rash and similar injuries.

The head and neck

The head and neck account for 22 percent of injuries that stem from motorcycle crashes. Obviously, the use of a helmet can protect the head if there is a crash. Some individuals think that a helmet will result in higher prevalence of neck injuries since the helmet doesn't cover the neck. This isn't the case. Helmets that are approved by the Department of Transportation have shock absorption, which is meant to protect the head but also helps to cushion the neck.

The upper trunk and limbs

The upper trunk encompasses the chest, back and shoulders. This area of the body comes in third on the list of motorcycle injuries. The arms and hands are also in this category. Just like the lower limbs, you can protect this area from road rash by wearing a riding jacket. However, that might not be feasible in the summer months when the weather is warmer in San Francisco.

The lower trunk

The lower trunk includes the hips and pelvis. This is the least likely area of the body to suffer an injury in a motorcycle crash. One injury that might happen to this area involves being thrown off the motorcycle and the hips or buttocks hit the pavement.

Victims of these crashes might opt to seek compensation from the driver who struck them. This can assist with the financial damages if the claim results in an award or settlement.

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