Brain Injuries Are Common in Motorcycle Accidents—Especially If Riders Don’t Wear Helmets
Motorcycle riders can suffer more serious injuries than people in passenger vehicles because they do not have the protection of being in an enclosed vehicle. Even if they wear a helmet—unfortunately not a requirement for adults under Idaho’s helmet law—they still risk suffering a debilitating brain injury. The symptoms may not emerge until weeks later. If left untreated, even a mild concussion can turn into a huge problem if the person suffers another brain injury in the future.
Four Brain Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Crashes
A brain injury can be penetrating, also known as an open head wound where an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain, or non-penetrating. Penetrating injuries and skull fractures are more likely to occur if a person is not wearing a helmet. Non-penetrating brain injuries are the most common injuries, and a person can suffer one of these injuries whether or not he is wearing a helmet:
- Concussion. If a person’s head is injured in a high speed impact, he can suffer a concussion where his brain tissues are bruised. Symptoms can include dizziness, headaches, nausea, or even permanent speech impairments. If a person fails to obtain treatment or suffers additional concussions, he could experience long-term brain damage.
- Shaken brain syndrome. This is also known as countercoup and occurs when the brain hits the skull. A motorcycle rider suffering with this can experience difficulties with concentration, memory, balance, coordination, swallowing, and muscle strength. Some accident victims can also become partially or completely paralyzed.
- Hematoma. This can be caused when a blood clot forms between the skull and the brain or in the brain tissues. Hematoma is a very serious injury that can cause severe brain damage or death. A victim will need immediate surgery to repair the damage in the brain.
- Traumatic brain injury. Caused by a jolt to the head, traumatic brain injury can result in life-long changes to a person’s reasoning, thinking, memory, concentration, emotions, personality, vision, or hearing—sometimes causing the person to become permanently disabled.
Did you or a family member suffer a brain injury in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver? Even if you were not wearing a helmet, you could be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Fill out our online form today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.