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What type of injuries do most motorcycle riders suffer?

Kentucky motorcycle enthusiasts are gearing up for one of the best motorcycle seasons — fall. An autumn ride through the rolling hills can be exhilarating this time of year, and quite beautiful when the leaves begin to change color.

But fall can also be a time of increased motorcycling accidents due to slippery piles of leaves that reduce riders' traction with the road surfaces. Reduced daylight hours also increase the potential for accidents to occur.

What injuries might befall riders?

Typically, a motorcyclist will injure the legs and feet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. The public health institute determined that 30 percent of motorcycle riders who suffer nonfatal injuries get hurt on their lower limbs.

This clearly shows why it is so important for riders and their passengers to always wear sturdy over-the-ankle boots to protect delicate foot and ankle bones that could otherwise be shattered in a motorcycle crash.

Also, in most motorcycle accidents, simply wearing a pair of denim jeans will do little to protect your legs against the hazards of road rash. Special riding garments or leather chaps can provide riders with an additional layer between them and the asphalt.

Head and neck injuries

According to the CDC, coming in second for the most common injury site is the head and neck. These two regions are affected in 22 percent of nonfatal collisions. Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce a rider's chance of injuries.

Riders also risk injuries to their shoulders, chest and back area, as well as the lower torso and arms and fingers. Sturdy riding gear and motorcycle gloves can protect these vulnerable body parts from harm.

If you get into a motorcycle wreck caused by a driver's negligence, it may be possible to pursue compensation from the at-fault parties.

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