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Ohio motorcycle accidents can injure various parts of the body

Thoughts of head injuries are likely to come up when someone hears about a motorcycle accident. Some of our Ohio readers might be shocked to learn that head injuries aren't the most common injuries in non-fatal motorcycle accidents. Approximately 30 percent of non-fatal motorcycle accident result in an injury to the lower limbs. Head and neck injuries, which account for around 22 percent of non-fatal motorcycle injuries, rank second. That is followed by chest, shoulder, and back injuries, arm and hand injuries, and hip and pelvis injuries.

While the number of lower limb injuries is greater than neck and head injuries, it is important to note that the injuries to the neck and head are often more serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a ranking of the most dangerous locations for injuries in a motorcycle accident. These are (in order of most dangerous to least dangerous):

-- Head

-- Thorax (chest)

-- Abdomen

-- Spine

-- Neck

-- Face

-- Arms

-- Legs

-- Skin

It is important to note that when it comes to non-fatal injuries in motorcycle crashes, there doesn't seem to be a considerable influence from helmet use. Even if a rider passed away at a hospital, it was most often caused by injuries to the chest. Head injuries ranked third in that category and were followed by abdominal injuries.

When the cost of caring for these injuries is considered, it is easy to see why some people opt to seek compensation for their injuries. Understanding how to file a claim for compensation is the first step toward minimizing the financial burden of the accident.

Source: Ride Apart, "What body parts will you most likely injure in a motorcycle crash?" accessed Mar. 25, 2015

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