Motorcycle accidents cause some of the most severe road injuries. They’re nearly 29 times more deadly than normal vehicular accidents.
These accidents can cause even more severe injuries when motorcyclists don’t wear helmets, although injuries can happen to anyone involved in an accident on two wheels. One of the most common injuries that motorcyclists sustain is head injuries, so it’s essential to know the signs following an accident.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can take days, weeks, or even months after an accident to show symptoms. Head injuries are one of the most common causes of motorcycle accident fatalities. It’s essential to understand the signs of a head injury to look for after being involved in one. Depending on the size, type, and location of the head injury, symptoms may include:
- Confusion and disorientation
- Memory loss or amnesia
- Visual problems
- Poor attention or concentration
- Irritability or emotional disturbances
Secondary Brain Injuries
Secondary brain injuries, versus primary brain injuries, specifically occur when there are changes to the brain that occur hours or days after the primary brain injury. It happens when there is inflammation or a release of chemicals in the brain following a head injury. Swelling in the brain may cause increased intracranial pressure, which could lead to brain damage or death. It’s possible that, after a motorcycle accident, a victim could still have head trauma or a brain injury that develops later. Immediately seek medical treatment if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, as brain injuries could develop at a delayed time.
Head trauma and TBIs are severe injuries, and being involved in a motorcycle accident where you received this type of injury can lead to a lawsuit that could win you compensation. After seeking immediate medical attention, you should contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your case.
Contact our firm TODAY at (800) 351-3008 if you or someone you loved has received a severe head injury after being involved in a motorcycle accident. We’re ready to help YOU!