WAUSAU, Wis. (OnFocus) – About 100 motorcyclists are killed and more than 2,500 are injured each year in Wisconsin traffic accidents, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Last September, Wisconsin had 314 crashes, resulting in 17 deaths and 267 injuries.
Drivers may experience increased motorcycle traffic this weekend due to the annual Northwoods Fall Ride in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Whether you’re driving or being driven, it’s important for everyone to be extra careful and alert while on the road.
Motorcycle accidents often occur when a car or truck driver changes lanes, turns left, or stops in front of a motorcycle. Because of their size, motorcycles are harder to see, especially in blind spots.
“Motorcycle accidents can be fatal. Cars provide a level of protection that a motorcycle does not have in an accident. Some of the most common injuries motorcyclists can sustain in a crash are traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, lacerations, broken ribs, facial disfigurement and internal bleeding,” says Dr. Jeffrey Wild, Medical Director of Aspirus Wausau Hospital. “Patients recovering from injuries often require immediate hospitalization and rehabilitation for weeks or months after the accident.”