WAUSAU, WI (OnFocus) – According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, approximately 100 motorcyclists are killed and more than 2,500 are injured each year in Wisconsin traffic crashes. Last September, Wisconsin saw a total of 314 crashes resulting in 17 fatalities and 267 injuries.
This weekend, drivers may experience an increase in motorcycle traffic due to the annual Northwoods Fall Ride in Tomahawk, WI. Whether driving or riding, it’s important that everyone is extra cautious and alert while on the road.
Motorcycle crashes often occur when a car or truck driver changes lanes, turns left, or pulls out in front of a motorcycle. Because of their size, motorcycles are more difficult to see, especially in blind spots.
“Motorcycle crashes can be fatal. Cars provide a layer of protection that a motorcycle doesn’t have when in an accident. Some of the more common injuries motorcyclists can suffer in a crash are traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, lacerations, broken ribs, facial disfigurement, and internal bleeding”, says Dr. Jeffrey Wild, Aspirus Wausau Hospital Trauma Medical Director. “The patients that recover from their injuries, often require immediate hospitalization and rehabilitation for weeks or months following a crash.”
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