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What injuries can you get from a motorcycle accident?

Although you are careful on California roads, you may find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident. You may be injured, even if you wear all of your protective gear. RideApart.com lists some of the most common injuries from motorcycle accidents.

Despite what you may think, your head may not be hurt worse than the rest of your body. Statistics show that just 22 percent of motorcyclists without helmets receive worse head injuries, and these wounds are responsible for only 60 out of every 1,000 deaths of hospitalized motorcyclists. You may have fewer severe wounds when you wear your helmet on the road, and are also less likely to die of a head injury.

Your legs and feet usually incur the worst injuries in a motorcycle accident. If a bone is broken, it is most likely to be either both your tibia and fibula or just your tibia, while your femur is also vulnerable. Breaking both the tibia and fibula accounts for 26.1 percent of fractures. Shinbones may receive more fractures because they are one of the more exposed parts of your leg. It is less common to break bones in your feet. Non-fatal injuries to your lower body make up 30 percent of all collision injuries.

Your hands and arms are the fourth most common place to receive injuries. While it is not likely that you will break your shoulder bone or dislocate your elbow, fractures in the arm bones are common, with radius fractures making up 9.2 percent of broken limbs. Additionally, your age may determine what kind of injuries you incur. While you might receive more wounds to your lower body if you are beneath the age of 40, your neck and chest may be more likely to be harmed if you are older than 40.

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