What could happen to you if you get in a motorcycle accident? Learn the most common injuries and how you can protect yourself from Mullen & Mullen.

Have you ever seen or been in a motorcycle accident like any of those in the video below? The video is totally safe to view at work. It does contain intense crash scenes, but none are grotesque or disgusting.

Also, notice how many of the accidents happen with cars turning left in front of motorcycles when they shouldn’t:

Motorcycles let you have a lot of fun, and you help the environment by saving some gas too. And, they come with additional risks. Often those risks involve things you can’t prevent or control.

What are the most common injuries riders like you experience? These:

1. Protect This Area of Your Body Most

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied 1.222 million non-fatal motorcycle injuries from 2001 to 2008. All of those injured went to the emergency room for treatment. Then, the CDC recorded their injuries by location on their body.

Surprisingly, most injuries did not happen to the head. The most injuries, 30%, happened to the feet and legs. So if you wear safety gear, those are definite areas of your body to protect.

2. Now Comes Head and Neck Injuries

That same CDC study found 22% of injuries involve the head and neck of motorcyclists. Helmets today get certified by the Department of Transportation and a non-profit organization, Snell2010. Debate exists as to which is more effective. But, know that in either case, you’re making a good decision if you choose to wear a helmet.

With helmets, the most important thing to do is to get one that fits your head’s shape well. MotoSPORT has a simple and excellent guide to buying the right motorcycle helmet.

3. Upper Trunk Injuries to Your Chest, Shoulder, and Back

According to that CDC study, upper trunk injuries were the third most frequent. And last came “lower trunk” injuries to the hips and pelvis.

What the CDC study doesn’t reveal is the severity of these injuries. However, you can assume that with proper safety gear, the likelihood of severe injuries decreases.

In a Motorcycle Accident, Even When You’re Right, You Still Lose

In Texas, helmets aren’t required for everyone. If you’re 21 or over and have completed a motorcycle safety course or have at least $10,000 in accidental medical benefits, you don’t have to wear a helmet.

But, when you get in an accident, you’re more vulnerable than a car driver by definition. Your injuries will be more severe. So, it only makes sense that you have appropriate safety gear to avoid the serious injuries you could possibly experience.

You can file a lawsuit against other negligent drivers. But, you’ll still have to go through pain and suffering, missed time at work, anxiety and depression, lost time with family, and all the stress and hassle of doctor appointments. If you can avoid all that by wearing appropriate safety gear, it’s well worth it to do so.