Motorcycle Crashes, Brain Trauma and Traumatic Brain Injuries
By Avon Alexander, Staff Writer
Motorcycle crashes are among the deadliest of all traffic accidents, due to bike riders’ lack of bodily protection as compared to drivers and passengers of cars and trucks. Motorcyclists are not only more likely to suffer serious bodily injury than other road travelers, but they are also more likely to be killed as the result of single or multi-vehicle crashes. By far the most serious injuries facing motorcyclists are those which result in brain trauma.
Among bike riders, brain trauma can be caused either as the direct result of a collision, be it with another vehicle or a stationary object such as a traffic sign, or as a result of the force of the rider’s head hitting the ground after the initial impact. Such crashes can be particularly dangerous, and can result in various severe injuries including concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
Concussions can occur when the brain is violently shaken against the inside of the skull, resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of concussion include relatively minor effects such as headaches and nausea, to more serious effects such as reduced reaction times and the temporary loss of cognitive brain functions. Even motorcyclists who have been wearing their helmets at the time of a crash have a high probability of concussion because the helmet does not fully protect the brain from moving in the skull after impact.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Simply riding a motorcycle, especially without a helmet, puts you at significant risk of suffering a major traumatic brain injury in the event of a crash. Symptoms of a major traumatic brain injury include immediate effects, such as:
- Confusion and disorientation
- Sensitivity to light and sounds
- Loss of consciousness
More serious long term effects of TBI include:
- Memory loss
- Loss of coordination
- Permanent loss of faculties or ability to use limbs
The Cost of Surviving
If you have survived a motorcycle crash, you are likely facing a mountain of medical expenses and a fight to recover from your injuries. There are various legal options which may allow you to recover damages for your injuries - to obtain the funds necessary to help pay your doctor bills and put yourself on the solid road to recovery.
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle crash, contact an attorney today to discuss your case and learn more about the compensation options that are available to you.