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October 18, 2017

Colorado motorcyclists are likely aware that riding their choice of vehicles can be particularly dangerous, especially if they fail to wear all of their safety gear. However, safety gear is bulky and sometimes uncomfortable. As such, some motorcyclists decide to stop wearing certain pieces of gear even though it puts them at risk.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied the cases of more than 1.2 million motorcyclists who were treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. between 2001 and 2008 after they were involved in nonfatal motorcycle accidents. According to the CDC, 30 percent of all nonfatal motorcycle injuries occurred to the legs and feet. Twenty-two percent of nonfatal motorcycle accident injuries occurred to the head and neck. The number of injuries in the upper trunk, the arms and hands and the lower trunk followed.

A study by the Advancement of Automotive Medicine showed that those who wore helmets had a greater number of less severe injuries and a lower number of severe injuries. When it comes to fatal accidents, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that the number of head injuries resulting in a fatality were lower in riders who were wearing helmets than riders who were not wearing helmets when the accident occurred.

Some distracted drivers in passenger cars may fail to notice the motorcyclists who may be sharing the roadway with them. This could cause a driver to swerve into a motorcyclist or rear-end a bike, resulting in a serious motorcycle accident. Any injuries that are suffered by a motorcyclist could be considered life-threatening or may even be life-altering. If a distracted driver was found to be liable for the crash, a personal injury attorney can often assist in seeking appropriate compensation.