SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, May 22, 2015
SUNDAY, June 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More motorcyclists are taking to U.S. roads, increasing the need for safety precautions, experts say.
Eighty-four percent more motorcycles rolled down American roads in 2007 than in 1998, and about 2.3 million motorcycle injuries were reported in 2013, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Both riders and car drivers need to take steps to reduce the risk of motorcycle crashes, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association warn.
"As an orthopaedic trauma surgeon, I see people with devastating injuries such as fractures and head trauma as a result of motorcycle accidents," said Dr. Theodore Miclau, president of the trauma association.
"Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on the road and so it's often difficult for motorists to see them. For this reason, it's important for motorists to not only keep an eye out for riders but be extra cautious and listen for them as well," Miclau said in an academy news release.
Other recommendations from the two organizations:
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more about motorcycle safety.