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The 3 most common injuries for motorcycle drivers

Motorcycles are an efficient way to get around. They are compact, easy to park, use very little fuel and are exhilarating to ride on a beautiful day.

But, according to the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 80 percent of accidents that involve motorcycles cause injury or death. In any accident, it's almost always the motorcycle driver or their passenger who suffers the greatest injury. The three most common injuries for motorcycle drivers and riders are:

  1. Leg breaks: Because drivers use their legs to break their fall, these bones are the most commonly fractured. The second most common break or fracture is in the arm and wrist. This is also due to falling and hitting the hard pavement.
  2. Friction burns or skin abrasion AKA road rash: When skin meets pavement at fast rates of speed the skin can be torn or burned away. Much like any other type of burn, this injury is incredibly painful and is prone to infection. A deep road rash can cause permanent damage to nerves.  
  3. Head injuries: Helmets can prevent many types of injuries, but at high speeds and high impact, head and neck injuries still happen. Pennsylvania Law requires any driver under 21 to wear a helmet. However, in Pennsylvania drivers older than 21 who have two years of riding experience or who have completed a motorcycle safety course that is approved by either the PennDOT or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation are not required to wear a helmet.

Common sense protection

Most riders know the risks and protections but it bears repeating: Helmets and thick leathers  offer the greatest protection. Goggles are a good idea. Brightly colored clothing helps other drivers see motorcycles. A loud bike can be annoying but the fact that motorcycles make sounds makes them more likely to be noticed. Follow the rules of the road and know your limits. 

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