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Riding a motorcycle without a helmet can be a real rush. The joys of the open road are yours. the wind is in your face. Hairpin turns on hilly country roads are exciting. It’s all great fun, until that unavoidable collision with a deer, or a momentary slip on black ice or wet pavement. Then, accidents become much more dangerous than those that occur if you’re driving a car instead. In fact, 80% of motorcycle accidents involve injury.

By contrast, only 20% of car accidents involve injury. Moreover, especially without a helmet, those bike accidents can mean catastrophic injury. Concussions, brain injuries and facial disfiguration are possibilities. When limbs are crushed between vehicles or under sliding motorcycles, other dramatic injuries can happen. Broken joints, skin and muscle damage, and permanent nerve damage are all possibilities. Imagine surviving a crash, but due to brain injury, you are never the same person to your family again.

Death is the ultimate price that is paid in vehicular accidents, and it is much more common among bikers than among those in cars. Compare young drivers under 40, and, compared to those rhe same age, your decision to take a motorcycle rather than an automobile on a trip increases your chances of dying by 3600%. Even if a driver is over 40, the chance of a fatal accident is 20 times higher on a bike than in a car.

Infographic authored by Sutliff & Stout, personal injury attorneys. To view the original post, check out the original Motorcycle Accident infographic.