Editor’s note: This is the second in our four-part blog series about head and brain injuries.
Read the first part here.
Even with a small population and limited riding season, the number of motorcycle accident injuries and deaths have risen in Rhode Island. As a result, an operator or passenger involved in a motorcycle accident may suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although motorcycle related injuries are not entirely preventable, riders should take the proper precautions to reduce the chances of suffering from a motorcycle brain injury.
How Can I Avoid A Motorcycle Brain Injury?
Wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to prevent a motorcycle accident brain injury. The Journal of the American College of Surgeons reports that riders who wear helmets can reduce brain injury by approximately 85 percent. In addition, motorcycle riders should attempt to avoid motorcycle accidents altogether by practicing defensive driving, utilizing proper safety equipment and taking a motorcycle safety course. To note, Rhode Island has interesting motorcycle helmet laws that do not require all operators to wear a helmet. Only new operators, operators under the age of 21 and motorcycle passengers must wear a helmet. However, all riders are encouraged to wear one because the effects of a motorcycle brain injury can be life changing.
What Are The Effects Of A Motorcycle Brain Injury?
The effects of motorcycle accident brain injuries can be devastating. In the worst cases, motorcycle riders who suffer from a TBI may have permanent physical, emotional and social disabilities. The long term effects of a motorcycle brain injury may include a loss of coordination, paralysis, seizures, decreased intellectual abilities, memory loss, reduced concentration, inability to work, depression, anxiety and mood swings. In addition, the costs of treating a motorcycle brain injury may be more than double compared to treating other types of motorcycle related injuries such as scrapes or broken bones. These costs of treatment, rehabilitation and medications may place a substantial financial burden on motorcycle brain injury victims.
Speak With A Motorcycle Accident Brain Injury Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents that cause traumatic brain injury can be both physically and financially devastating. If you or someone you know suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm charges no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. For a free no obligation case evaluation, call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.