Per Miles Traveled, Motorcycles Are Deadlier than Cars

Mary Ann Porucznik

“I have a love–hate relationship with motorcycles,” admitted Ronald W. Lindsey, MD, at the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons 2012 annual meeting. “I’d like to think they’ve helped make me the surgeon that I am; at the same time, over the years I’ve had the chance to see how they’ve destroyed many of my patients and their families.”

In providing a “Modern Perspective on the Epidemiology and Patterns of Musculoskeletal Motorcycle Injuries,” Dr. Lindsey reviewed the epidemiology, helmet use, and injury patterns of motorcycle accident patients seen at a single Level I Trauma Center. His retrospective analysis of a prospectively collected injury database included all motorcycle injuries for the 10-year period ending Aug. 31, 2008.

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