Motorcycle accidents can be serious and cause severe, if not fatal, injuries. Brain injuries are one of the most common injuries resulting from a motorcycle crash. All riders should be aware of the symptoms and complications of brain injuries and should seek immediate medical care after any accident that involves an injury to the head. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle crash, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to help with your case.
Causes and Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
There are several ways that a rider can suffer a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle crash. A motorcyclist could suffer a brain injury if they hit their head off the ground in a crash and were not wearing a helmet or if they are hit by another object with enough force to shake their brain inside their skull.
Some brain injuries cause no visible signs, while others can produce a range of symptoms, including:
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Feeling disoriented or confused
- Convulsions or seizures
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
- Slurred speech
- Hearing or vision problems
A brain injury can also affect a person’s mood and cause symptoms such as irritability, sadness, anxiety, or depression.
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
Some serious brain injuries often show no symptoms and can go undetected until it’s too late and complications arise. Traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent brain damage if not treated promptly. For this reason, it is always important to seek immediate medical attention following a motorcycle crash. In addition to receiving medical attention and getting copies of any medical reports and bills, some other steps to take after a motorcycle accident are:
- File a police report and obtain a copy.
- Gather evidence from the crash, including names and contact information of any witnesses and other parties involved in the accident. If possible, take photos of the accident scene and vehicles involved in the crash.
- Avoid talking to insurance adjusters who will try to get you to settle your case as quickly as possible. Do not admit fault or discuss your case without legal representation.
- Call a motorcycle attorney to protect your legal rights and possible compensation.
Liability and Possible Recovery
Brain injury recoveries often require expensive medical treatments and plenty of rest. A brain injury can often make it not possible to work, and you or a loved one may never fully recover from the injury.
Another driver could be held liable for your brain injury if they are found negligent and caused the accident. Drivers often do not take the proper safety precautions when bikers are sharing the road. A driver may not see a biker and collide with them or not stop in time to avoid a crash. If a driver is not careful and does not see a biker when changing lanes or making a turn—the result can be devastating. No matter what the cause, an attorney will investigate your accident and gather the necessary evidence to prove your case.
Brain injuries can range from mild to severe. Some are life-altering and prevent people from resuming their regular lives and activities. Brain injuries can require ongoing medical care, therapy, and rehabilitation.
If another party was negligent and is responsible for your brain injury, you may be able to recover damages such as:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Other expenses
It is important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and to make sure that you file a claim within the necessary time frame.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident and suffered a brain injury, contact Hupy & Abraham for a free consultation. We are one of the top motorcycle litigation firms in the United States. As riders ourselves, we work hard to ensure that our motorcycle accident victims’ rights are protected and that they get the fair settlement they deserve. To schedule an appointment, fill out our convenient contact form online or call us at 800-800-5678.