Types of Low Extremity Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes

The misconception is that motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer head and brain injuries, but although brain injuries are some of the most serious injuries you could suffer, they are not the most common. A motorcyclist is much more likely to suffer a lower extremity injury in an accident than any other type of injury.

Some of the more common lower extremity injuries in motorcycle accidents include the following.

• Hip fractures
• Pelvic injuries
• Leg injuries or leg fractures
• Knee fractures
• Ankle fractures
• Toe injuries

Some of these injuries may be very serious. For instance, hip fractures may require surgery, and may never completely heal. A person will continue to suffer the consequences of a hip fracture for years later. Similar consequences can be seen in the case of a pelvic injury or pelvic fracture which very often results in the need for surgeries and other types of drastic treatment.

One study that was reported back in 2010, found that lower extremity injuries are not just some of the most frequent injuries in motorcycle accidents, but also very often result in expensive treatment, and even permanent disability. Another study investigated a total of 429 motorcycle accidents, and found that patients suffered lower extremity injuries in more than 55% of the cases.

There are a few steps that you can take to minimize the risk of suffering a lower extremity injury in an accident. For instance, you can wear sturdy ankle boots, and full length pants in tough material like leather. That reduces the risk of road rash, wounds, and other injuries. Look into new-generation padded motorcycling gear that significantly reduces your risk of injury during a fall from your motorcycle.

For help filing a claim after an accident, speak to a Denver motorcycle accident lawyer. Schedule a consultation with a Denver motorcycle accident lawyer today.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.