Motorcycle wrecks in Illinois can cause injuries to any location on motorcyclists’ bodies, from their heads to their toes. While head injuries may be more traumatic and are often life-threatening types of motorcycle injuries, injuries to the lower extremities seem to occur more often.

Upper Extremity Injuries

In Illinois motorcycle accidents that are non-fatal, upper extremity injuries are less common than lower extremity injuries. But these types of injuries do occur more often in fatal Bloomington rider crashes. Upper extremity injuries include:

  • Head injuries 
  • Chest injuries
  • Clavicle fractures (broken collar bone)
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Broken arms and fingers
  • Wrists and hand injuries
  • Broken ribs

Lower Extremity Injuries

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), injured motorcyclists treated at emergency trauma centers in 2008 suffered the most injuries to their lower extremities. This includes injuries to a rider’s:

  • Toe
  • Foot
  • Ankle
  • Leg
  • Knee
  • Thigh
  • Hip 
  • Pelvis

Although these types of injuries are not fatal injuries, many are severe and often debilitating for the injured motorcyclist, such as in cases of spinal cord injury. Additionally, when legs and feet are broken or serious knee injuries occur in an Illinois motorcycle crash, it can take months for a motorcyclist to recover from surgery and physical therapy before they can return to life as they once knew it. Sometimes an injured rider may never be able to do the things they used to do prior to the wreck.

After a Motorcycle Wreck Causes Upper or Lower Extremity Injuries

When motorcycle accident victims are left with injuries and medical bills, in addition to being off of work and not making the income they were accustomed to, they need to seek justice and just compensation.

Our Bloomington and Illinois motorcycle injury lawyers have represented injured riders who have suffered injuries from their heads to their toes. If you have suffered an upper extremity or lower extremity injury in a bike wreck, it is best to call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation today, toll-free at 800-800-5678.