Brain Injury from a Motorcycle Crash
Relative to drivers of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists are more injury-prone because they do not receive the protections that a steel “cage” provides. In other words, their exposure to the elements renders them vulnerable in an accident – and victims often suffer serious injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), as a result.
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on a per mile basis, motorcyclists are four times more likely than the occupants of passenger vehicle to suffer injuries. Brain injury is the leading cause of disability or fatality in motorcycle crashes, making helmets necessary for safe riding.
Common Motorcycle Crash Causes which Contribute to TBI
Contrary to popular belief, not all riders are reckless renegades who throw caution to the wind. Many acknowledge the risks inherent in motorcycling and act accordingly because – to no one’s surprise – they want to stay alive. The statistics indicate that the drivers of passenger vehicles, not motorcyclists, are actually the ones who are at fault in most collisions (80 percent, according to the NHTSA).
Common negligent motorist behaviors which contribute to TBI in motorcyclists include the following:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Making left-turns without checking
- Changing lanes without checking
Consequences of TBI from a Motorcycle Accident
In an accident, a motorcyclist may be thrown from his or her vehicle and strike his or her head on a roadway or against an object. Depending on various factors, such as the speed at which all involved motorists were travelling at the time of the incident and whether the rider was wearing a helmet or not, the resulting brain injury can have minor, moderate, or severe effects, which are detailed below:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Memory or concentration problems
- Sensory issues, such as tinnitus or blurred vision
- Mood and behavioral changes
- Depression and anxiety
- Slurred speech
- Convulsions and seizures
The Potential Costs of Treatment and Rehabilitation
Not all motorcycle crash victims suffer serious brain injuries, but those who do often require surgery, cognitive rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other extensive – and costly – medical treatments to recover. In especially severe cases, patients may never be able to return to his or her level of health prior to the accident and could require nursing care. All of these expensive measures can add up and run into the thousands, even millions of dollars.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle accident caused by another party, you may be entitled to compensation for medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. Contact Wilshire Law Firm today and let us help you bring a strong claim against those liable for your damages so you can get the means for recovery, including access to the best medical care available. It is important that you file your claim before the statute of limitations expires (two years for more personal injury cases in California), or else, you will forfeit the right to pursue compensation. So don’t delay – call us today at (800) 522-7274 to receive a FREE consultation.