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Foot Injuries Common In Motorcycle Accidents

The large emphasis on helmet safety in the U.S. might lead some to believe head trauma is the number one crash-related injury suffered by motorcyclists. However, the answer lies on the opposite end of the human body.

The majority of traumatic crash injuries suffered by motorcyclists occur in the lower extremity region, an area that includes the legs, feet and thighs. Upper extremities, which include the arms and hands, are the second most injured area for motorcyclists involved in crashes, followed by the head according to a 2008 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Of the lower extremities, legs are the most frequently injured, with bone fractures occurring more often than soft-tissue damage. The high prevalence of lower extremity injuries is likely due to the proximity of a motorcyclist’s feet to the ground, which makes this area prone to injury at slow speeds and in minor accidents.
Ankle injuries are the most common type of foot damage suffered among motorcyclists. Depending on the severity of the ankle injury, several surgeries and months of rehabilitation might be needed before walking is possible.

Treatment Costs

While nearly all crash-related lower extremity injuries among motorcyclists are non-fatal, treatment typically comes at a hefty price.
Hospital charges for motorcyclists suffering an isolated lower extremity injury average around $20,745; while multiple injuries to lower extremities amount to roughly $38,608 on average. Of the injured motorcyclists fitting into these two categories, roughly 20 percent were without health care coverage to help offset treatment costs.

Safety Gear

One way motorcyclists can protect their feet is by wearing leather motorcycle boots. Designed specifically for motorcyclists, these kinds of boots help deflect debris, prevent burns and provide a higher level of foot protection from impact and abrasion during accidents than other footwear.

Features to look for when shopping for motorcycle boots include:

Stepped boot heals: Help keep feet on pegs.
Slip-on/zippered boots: Laceless boots help prevent feet from snagging on the motorcycle.
Composition soles: Provide better traction than smooth leather soles.
Waterproof breathable membranes: Material that keeps feet dry.
Other features: Zipper flaps, close fitting buckles, protections pads, oil-resistant soles, etc.

Crash Bars

Designed to protect the rider, there has been much debate over the years whether crash bars do more harm than good. These bars are located on the lower end of each motorcycle side with the purpose of protecting the rider’s legs and the body of the bike. Thought to offer some level of protection to the ankle/feet region during a crash, definitive testing on the effectiveness of crash bars has yet been conducted. Many motorcycle experts believe these bars actually increase the likelihood of upper leg injury and change the dynamics of a collision in a way that increases the likelihood of headfirst injuries. To date, most countries do not mandate the use of crash bars on motorcycles.

Even when equipped with protective gear such as boots, injuries from motorcycles crashes can cause considerable bodily harm to riders. Despite the outlaw reputation associated with bikers, several motorcycle accident attorneys will attest most accidents involving motorcyclists are caused by the other party involved. If you are a crash injury victim and have questions regarding your accident, don’t hesitate to call a motorcycle accident attorney.