Possible Head Injuries from Motorcycle Crashes

Some people aren’t fortunate enough to escape a motorcycle accident with their life. Those who do almost always are faced with serious injuries that can impact their quality of life. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents commonly result in:

  • Brain damage and concussions. This risk is higher for victims who don’t wear helmets. 
  • Soft-tissue damage and road rash as victims are scraped against the road. 
  • Bone fractures and joint injuries across the body. 
  • Permanent paralysis of upper and lower body extremities. 
  • Facial disfigurement. 

Head injuries are particularly common in motorcycle accidents. If you’ve been involved in a recent motorcycle crash, here is everything you need to know about the severity of head injuries. 

The Impact of Motorcycle Crashes on the Skull

Riding in a passenger car during a vehicular accident has its advantages. To begin, the plastic and metal of the car often (but not always) provide protection to the driver from the outside. Also, a functional airbag can minimize damage to the skull and spinal cord, even in serious car accidents. 

Motorcyclists don’t have this luxury. When their bikes collide with another vehicle, they’re often thrown from it. As a result, a biker’s head can hit the ground with massive impact and cause serious injuries. The lack of protection of motorcycles makes head injuries all the more common in both minor and major collisions. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Minor brain injuries such as concussions can often be treated via emergency care and bed rest. Soon after, the brain hopefully heals and can resume normal function. A serious traumatic brain injury, however, can cause major damage to the brain that’s long-term, permanent, and irreparable. 

If a person’s head collides directly with the ground, a hard surface, an object, or another vehicle, the brain can swell against the skull and cause several health difficulties. Unfortunately, the effects of a traumatic brain injury are difficult to predict.

Doctors will have to perform comprehensive tests to determine the full extent of damage to your brain. The common physical and mental complications of traumatic brain injuries are:

  • Seizures
  • Infections
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Confusion and dizziness
  • Blood vessel damage
  • Loss of motor skills

Traumatic brain injuries are often long-term, forcing victims to cope with the permanent effects of an accident they may not have caused. 

Expensive Rehabilitation and Medical Costs

In addition to dealing with the complications of head injuries caused by a motorcycle accident, there is also the difficulty of navigating expensive rehab and medical bills. Since most victims are unable to work after their accident, they suffer from anxiety and depression regarding their finances. 

Seeking legal help will mitigate the financial responsibilities in the aftermath of your accident. This way, you can fight for compensation to cover these costs and hold all responsible parties accountable. 

Hire an Alameda Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Are you interested in learning more about how we can build your case? If so, click here to contact the Law Office of Scott Righthand, PC, to schedule a consultation so our team can go over the details of your potential claim. 

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02 February,2021

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