Brain trauma a significant risk for motorcyclists

Motorcyclists are at an especially high risk of suffering head injuries in an accident because of the relative lack of protection compared to drivers of passenger vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on a per-mile basis, motorcyclists are approximately 16 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in an accident than occupants of a passenger car.

Whether you wear a helmet or not, head injuries still pose a serious risk, and are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. For many victims, head injuries can have lasting and severe effects.

Motorcyclists ought to be especially care when it comes to concussions. Concussions can occur when the brain is violently shaken against the inside of the skull, resulting in a mild brain injury. Symptoms can range from relatively minor, such as headaches and nausea, to severe, like reduced reaction times and temporary loss of cognitive brain functions. Even a motorcyclist who was wearing a helmet at the time of a crash has a high probability of concussion.

Another serious threat to motorcyclists is traumatic brain injuries. Symptoms of a major traumatic brain injury can include dizziness, confusion, disorientation, sensitivity to light and sounds and loss of consciousness. Long term side effects can include depression, memory loss, loss of coordination, permanent loss of faculties or ability to use limbs.

All of these injuries are subject to costly medical expenses, that you can be stuck paying for years to come.

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help You

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, please consider all your legal options and contact The Carlson Law Firm today. We are a group of dedicated and experienced individuals who are eager to assist, and are available to you 24/7. We care, we can help.

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