Types Of Head Injuries Sustained Through Motorcycle Accidents

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When people think of motorcycle accidents, they often envision the individual being thrown from the bike to land hard on the pavement. While this is undoubtedly a common injury in motorcycle crashes, it’s not always what occurs. When motorcyclists are involved in collisions with other vehicles, their head bumps against something inside the vehicle, such as a windshield. The American Association for Automotive Medicine (AAAM) found that over half of all motorcycle accidents occur when another driver doesn’t see or yield to the motorcyclist. IN this article, we look at some of the common injuries you may sustain in a motorcycle accident. If you do get injured, you should contact Oaks Law Firm to help you file a claim.

  1. Concussions

brain highlighted - Oaks Law FirmConcussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that can happen when you hit your head or get struck by something. Even though concussions have become more common in the public consciousness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 1.6 million people suffer concussions annually in the United States.

If you have suffered a concussion, you may experience

  • a loss of consciousness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • blurred vision
  • slurred speech
  • a headache.

These symptoms can last for a few hours to a few weeks after the accident. The diagnosis of a concussion depends on your injury history and how long it takes you to recover from the symptoms.

  1. Traumatic Brain Injuries

While a concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury, a more serious TBI can damage the brain. Suppose you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and have symptoms such as trouble walking or speaking, seizures, disorientation, and memory loss. In that case, your TBI may be severe enough that you will require surgery.

The recovery from a TBI can be long and difficult, often requiring extensive rehabilitation. Even with the best treatment and rehabilitation, you may still experience significant problems with memory, attention span, and concentration.

  1. Skull Fractures

When people think of skull fractures, they often envision the individual having a large cut on their head. However, not all skull fractures result from external cuts. Approximately 20 percent of people who have sustained a skull fracture don’t even have a cut on their scalp.

  1. Brain bleed

Side view of a human brain graphicIf you have swelling or bleeding of your brain, this is called a brain bleed. One type of brain bleed results from the shearing force when your body rapidly accelerates or decelerates. Motorcycle accidents are common causes of shearing force injuries, which can cause you to have a brain bleed. After suffering a brain bleed, some people complain of having headaches or neck pain and seeing double. In more severe cases, some may experience seizures and unconsciousness.

  1. Whiplash

In most motorcycle accidents, whiplash is simply the result of being thrown from the bike before coming into contact with the ground. Whiplash can be difficult to diagnose because it doesn’t usually result in any visible injuries. However, if you have pain, tingling, or numbness in your neck muscles as well as an aching pain on both sides of your neck, this may indicate a whiplash injury.

Get In Contact with Oaks Law Firm

buttoning suit - oaks law firmIn summary, various injuries can occur when a motorcycle accident takes place. If you have been in a collision and are suffering from any of the symptoms or conditions described here, be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for help.

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