For motorcyclists, nothing can beat the feeling of the open road; however, with that feeling comes a lack of protection from the road. When motorcycle riders are involved in wrecks, they will undoubtedly suffer fatal or nonfatal injuries due to the lack of protection from their bikes. For the purpose of this blog, our Sarasota motorcycle accident lawyers will focus on the nonfatal injuries that result in Sarasota motorcycle crashes.
Nonfatal Injuries in Motorcycle Wrecks
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the information below accounts for nonfatal injuries among motorcycle riders that were hospitalized following their crashes from 2007 to 2009:
- Lower extremity injuries accounted for 35 percent of hospitalization injuries (the highest) followed by traumatic brain injuries and torso injuries, each accounting for 20 percent.
- The most common types of principal injuries in nonfatal motorcycle accidents were fractures at 67 percent followed by injuries to internal organs at 23 percent.
- Lower extremity and upper extremity injuries accounted for over 50 percent of all injuries motorcyclists sustain and are treated for in emergency rooms.
- Fractures and superficial wounds both together make up half of the injuries motorcyclists are treated for in hospitals.
Although Sarasota motorcycle accidents are going to occur from time to time due to negligent drivers, motorcyclists should do as much as they can to protect themselves and prevent injuries to their upper and lower extremities. By getting the right safety gear such as leather motorcycle boots, leg protection, a leather jacket and a helmet, a motorcyclist will be better protected.
However, safety gear can’t prevent all injuries. If you were injured in a Sarasota motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may have rights to compensation. Call a knowledgeable Sarasota motorcycle accident lawyer at the Mallard Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation at (888) 409-3805. You can also receive a free copy of our book, The Florida Accident Handbook: What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident, upon request.