Motorcycle Accident Head Injury: A Threat To All Riders
Motorcyclists are approximately 16 times more likely than occupants of a passenger vehicle to suffer fatal injuries in an accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Riders also have a four-time higher risk of suffering serious injuries.
These staggering statistics are due largely to the lack of protection riders have in comparison to passengers in cars.
What is the most common motorcycle injury?
Head injuries are the leading cause of disability or fatality in motorcycle accidents.
The most common head injury that occurs is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This typically occurs during the crash when the rider strikes his or her head on the pavement or another surface. TBI’s range in severity: from minor concussions to life-changing injuries.
The majority of people who suffer a minor TBI recover quickly. But for some people, TBI symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer. In general, recovery may be slower for older adults, young children, and teens. In severe cases, a TBI can lead to coma and even death. People who have had a TBI in the past are at greater risk of having another one and may find that it takes longer to recover if they have another.
Motorcycle Accident Head Injury Treatment
The course of treatment for a patient who has suffered a TBI from a motorcycle accident is dependent on a variety of factors, including the severity of the injury. A good rule of thumb for anyone who has been in a motorcycle accident is to always seek medical attention, even if you are feeling fine. Minor injuries can worsen, and other injuries may not yet be realized.
A minor TBI will call for rest and medication. A major TBI could require hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Treatment for a brain injury or other head trauma can be very expensive. This is why riders who have been injured in a motorcycle accident and have suffered from a TBI need legal help for gaining compensation for their injuries.
Brain Injury Prevention
Numerous studies have shown that wearing a helmet is the best way to protect yourself from a motorcycle accident head injury. Although some states do not require helmet use by riders, motorcyclists who do not wear helmets are 15 percent more likely to experience injuries than those riders who are outfitted with helmets, NHTSA said.
The second best way to prevent a head injury while riding is to ride safely. It is vitally important to be aware of your surroundings and be in control of your bike at all times.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you, or someone you love, have been suffered a Motorcycle Accident Head Injury, it is important that you contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. The team at The Carlson Law Firm have been representing victims of motorcycle accidents for over 30 years.
At The Carlson Law Firm, we have made it our goal to effectively help clients through their specific and individual circumstances involving a Motorcycle Accident Head Injury. Our firm can pursue just compensation for your injuries, both physical and emotional. We have offices across the state of Texas, including Killeen, Temple, Waco, Bryan, Round Rock, Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Lubbock. A Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorney from The Carlson Law Firm is available to assist you 24/7. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us today for a free initial case evaluation. We care, we can help.
- Written by Jill Fowler