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Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois

Personal Injury Statistics from Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois in 2023

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One of the leading causes of personal injuries and deaths on United States roads is motorcycle accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2021, there were nearly 28 times more motorcycle rider deaths per mile traveled than passenger car occupant deaths. Furthermore, Illinois ranked as the fifth state with the most motorcycle rider deaths in that year, with 239 fatalities.

Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents in Illinois

Motorcycle accidents severely affect riders’ and passengers’ health and well-being. Some of the most common injuries include:

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): These are the leading cause of death and disability in motorcycle accidents, as impact can cause irreversible damage to the brain. According to IIHS, 55.1% of motorcycle rider deaths in 2022 were due to head injuries. Helmets are crucial in this regard, as they can reduce the risk of such injuries by 69%.

Bone fractures: The bones most prone to breaking in a motorcycle accident are those in the extremities, especially the legs, arms, hands, and feet. These injuries may require surgery, immobilization, rehabilitation, and, in some cases, amputation.

Spinal cord injuries: These are injuries that affect the nerves transmitting signals from the brain to the rest of the body. They can cause partial or total paralysis, loss of sensation, chronic pain, and respiratory, digestive, urinary, or sexual problems.

Skin injuries: These are wounds caused by scraping or cutting against asphalt, metal, or glass. They can lead to bleeding, infection, scarring, and disfigurement. Wearing protective clothing can help prevent or minimize these types of injuries.

In addition to physical injuries, motorcycle accidents can also have emotional consequences such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, or driving phobia. They can also have economic impacts such as medical expenses, loss of income, property damage, or compensation. Contact us if you need help, our legal team is qualified to help you.


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