Due to the design of their vehicles, motorcycle riders and their passengers are far more likely to suffer severe personal injuries or die in a traffic accident than occupants of passenger vehicles. Because there is nothing to protect the riders from contacting the road or other vehicles, severe injuries to the neck and back, spinal cord, and brain are very common in motorcycle accidents. As the statistics noted above demonstrate, motorcycle accidents can also prove to be deadly for both the driver and his or her passengers. Severe injuries to the lower extremities of motorcyclists have been a cause of great concern for many years and that topic is currently being studied by the government and industry groups nationwide. One irrefutable fact remains with regard to motorcycle crashes, wearing a helmet can save your life and can prevent severe, debilitating head injuries and brain injuries.