You Have a Brain. Use It. Don't Lose It.


Riding a motorcycle in Wisconsin appeals to a lot of people because it is free of any constraints. You go faster than any car without being trapped in a metal and glass cage; there are no seat belts and the air conditioning is a breeze of scented fresh air. Freedom comes at a hefty price, though. Serious Wisconsin motorcycle crashes often result in traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI.

What exactly is TBI?

TBI is an injury to the brain caused either by an impact against the skull, or by an object penetrating the skull and brain tissue. Both causes can be present in motorcycle accidents. Every accident and every person is different, which means that TBI cases can present a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe.

Mild TBI: a person may remain conscious or experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms could include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue, mood changes, or trouble with concentration, memory, attention, focus and thinking.

Moderate TBI: The same symptoms are present in a moderate TBI case, added to persistent and worsening headaches, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, trouble awakening from sleep, dilation of the pupils, slurred speech, numbness of the extremities, loss of coordination and increased confusion, restlessness or agitation.

Severe TBI: In a severe case, the symptoms are the same as the above but with the added symptoms of impairment and paralysis of certain bodily functions and parts.

Can TBI be treated?

Anyone even with a mild or moderate TBI must seek medical attention immediately. The first object of caregivers will be to insure proper oxygen supply, maintain blood flow and control blood pressure. CT scans will identify swelling issues, bone fractures and the exact location and extent of the injuries. After stabilizing the patient and a lot of rest, a wide range of therapies are available to bring the patient back to a better condition.

The best Wisconsin motorcyclists can do to prevent TBI is to wear a helmet. Use your brain while it still works, and do the smart thing: protect it.

If you have been hurt in a Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois car, truck or motorcycle accident, contact Hupy & Abraham today at 800-800-5676 (toll-free) or 414-223-4800 (local) for a free evaluation of your case, or send us an e-mail with your questions. Hupy & Abraham has offices in Milwaukee, Madison, and Appleton in Wisconsin, and Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Quad Cities in Iowa, and Gurnee and Bloomington in Illinois.