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What Are Common Injuries Suffered in a Motorcycle Accident?The summer months are a popular time to ride a motorcycle because of the good weather and road conditions, but motorcyclists should be aware of the risks of accidents and injury associated with their vehicles’ smaller size and lack of enclosed protection. In Illinois in 2018, motorcycle accidents accounted for less than 1 percent of all automobile accidents, but motorcycles were involved in 12 percent of fatal accidents and 3 percent of accidents resulting in injury. In total, more than 2,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents in 2018, and more than 1,000 were killed or suffered an incapacitating injury.

Some of the most common injuries for motorcyclists include:

  1. Broken Limbs: Broken and fractured arms and legs are common in motorcycle accidents, either from the force of impact of the initial crash or collision with the road surface or stationary objects on the roadway.
  2. Lacerations and Road Rash: When motorcyclists are thrown from their vehicle and skid across road surfaces, they often suffer skin abrasions and lacerations that can leave lasting scars.
  3. Fractured Ribs: Motorcycle accidents often result in multiple fractured ribs, especially for drivers over 40 years of age, which can lead to significant internal bleeding.
  4. Internal Organ Injuries: Impacts to the chest and abdominal area in a motorcycle wreck can puncture the lungs and damage the kidneys, liver, and other internal organs. Internal injuries can be especially dangerous because they are not always immediately apparent after the accident.
  5. Spine Injuries: Spine fractures and spinal cord injuries tend to occur when a motorcyclist collides at high speeds with another vehicle or a stationary object on or near the road. These injuries can be fatal or lead to long-term paralysis.
  6. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Forceful blows to the head occur frequently in motorcycle accidents and can cause concussions and other traumatic brain injuries that can prove fatal or impair regular brain functions including memory, speech, senses, and emotions. Wearing a helmet can prevent or reduce a significant number of these kinds of injuries.

Any of these injuries can have severe, long-lasting impacts on a motorcyclist’s health and quality of life. If you are a motorcyclist who was injured in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you can seek compensation for your injuries, but it is crucial that you seek or accept medical attention immediately after the crash no matter how minor your injuries seem to be. Your fast action can strengthen your personal injury claim and may save your life.

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Illinois Bikers Share Responsibility for Safety Despite No Helmet LawIllinois is one of three states in the U.S. that does not have any law requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Some states mandate that all riders wear helmets, while others make the requirement only for people of certain ages. The lack of a law is legally beneficial for riders who may otherwise be ticketed for not wearing a helmet. In some ways, Illinois' legal situation also helps riders who are seeking personal injury compensation after a motorcycle accident. However, not wearing a helmet may affect the plaintiff's ability to receive full compensation.

No Legal Fault

In states with motorcycle helmet laws, failing to wear a helmet when required is negligence by the rider because he or she violated the law. The rider shares some of the fault for the accident, which may affect how much money he or she is awarded. Because Illinois does not have a law, there is no automatic assumption of negligence if the rider was not wearing a helmet. Thus, the rider has a better chance of not sharing fault for the accident, which will prevent deductions from his or her requested compensation.

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motorcycle accidents, Crystal Lake Personal Injury AttorneysMost motorcyclists are aware of the their vulnerability on the road with regard to two-ton vehicles and tractor-trailers—no matter how much protective gear is worn, the impact of crashing can overwhelm the gear and result in injuries far more severe than those sustained in vehicle accidents.

As motorcycles become more prevalent in Illinois, so do the number of serious accidents and even deaths involving motorcycles.

The Reason for Severe Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

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