Leg Injuries Common in Motorcycle Accidents Due to Riding Position

Most motorcyclists become engaged in riding out on the open road because they are drawn to a more unique way to travel, enjoying the freedom of the fresh air and the power of the bike taking them to their destination—or perhaps nowhere in particular on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The health benefits abound, from the sheer focus required, to the constant exercise one receives while operating such a weighty vehicle. While the arms, neck, and core get a great workout, the legs and thighs become more strengthened in every ride.

The legs are used almost constantly, not only as you grip the bike while riding, but also as you nudge it from its stand while in a sitting position, giving support while idling at a red light, and more. If you are new to the world of motorcycling, you may find it useful to employ strength training before buying a motorcycle or as you begin getting used to it slowly. Hitting the gym can help you build up the proper muscles and prevent fatigue while you are on the road.

Along with increasing strength and enjoying all that the world of motorcycling has to offer though, it is important to remember that the legs are one of the most vulnerable areas in the case of an accident. This is mainly because the entire weight of the bike could fall on one of your legs—and leg fractures are one of the most common injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes. As the bike topples or the motorcyclist is thrown, they commonly break arms and wrists also as they reach out to try and protect themselves from a fall.

The head/brain area is one of the most vulnerable areas also, which is why helmets are so heavily encouraged, often preventing instances of concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI). When traveling on your motorcycle, remember to work overtime watching out for motorists. Unfortunately, they are your greatest danger on the road as not only are they often too distracted to see other cars but have much more trouble ‘seeing’ motorcycles as they are smaller, and the eye is not as well-trained to look out for them.

Intersections are one of the most common areas for motorcycle/car crashes as well; again, this is an area where motorists may speed ahead or turn without seeing a motorcycle (or a bicyclist, or a pedestrian). Alcohol, speed, and distractions are often to blame in such crashes as well.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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