Statistically speaking, there are far more accidents involving passenger cars or trucks than motorcycles. But that does not tell the whole story. Indeed, if you are a motorcyclist and get into an accident, you are 16 times more likely than the occupants of the car to suffer fatal injuries, according to one recent article. And even in non-fatal cases, a motorcyclist is still far more likely to suffer a serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury, in a crash.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are generally caused by a violent blow or “jolt” to a person’s head or body. In a motorcycle accident, a traumatic brain injury can occur when a motorcyclist’s head strikes the pavement or another solid object. Keep in mind that a traumatic brain injury can occur even if the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the impact.
Not all traumatic brain injuries cause permanent damage. Medical professionals generally classify a traumatic brain injury as “mild” or “moderate to severe.” An initial diagnosis is usually based on certain observable symptoms. For example, if you sustained a mild traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident, you may still be alert and conscious following the initial impact, but you may experience one or more of the following symptoms in the hours or days following the accident:
- Physical Symptoms: Headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, and speech problems.
- Sensory Symptoms: Blurred vision, ringing in the ears, and changes in your sense of smell.
- Cognitive Symptoms: Loss of consciousness for a few seconds, memory or concentration problems, sudden mood swings, feelings of depression or anxiety, and changes in sleep patterns.
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can produce all of the symptoms listed above—often in greater frequency and strength—as well as more serious symptoms, including but not limited to:
- Loss of consciousness for several minutes or hours.
- Dilation of one or both pupils.
- Loss of coordination.
- Slurred speech.
Taking Traumatic Brain Injuries Seriously Following a Motorcycle Accident
It is always a good idea to seek medical treatment following a motorcycle accident. Even if you do not experience any of the symptoms described above immediately after a crash, it is common for these symptoms to present themselves within a few hours or days. And the sooner you are diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, the quicker your doctors can begin an appropriate course of treatment.
In cases of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, a motorcycle accident victim may require surgery and extensive cognitive and physical rehabilitation. Such treatments are not cheap. If your motorcycle accident was the result of a negligent driver or third party, it is crucial to document all of these medical expenses if you need to pursue a personal injury claim seeking damages.
Contact a Qualified Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney
A qualified Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney can advise you further in this area. At Oaks Law Firm, we understand the complexities of traumatic brain injury cases and are dedicated to fighting for your rights and securing the compensation you need for a full recovery. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team. We will guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and ensure that you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.