Riding a motorcycle is one of the most exhilarating hobbies one can have in life. It can also be one of the most dangerous. You are more likely to suffer a serious personal injury, such as head trauma or traumatic brain injury (TBI), when involved in a motorcycle accident than a car accident. Why? For starters, motorcycle riders, even those who wear a helmet, are afforded zero protection from the elements when on a bike compared to riding in a car, truck, or SUV. Today, we will take a look at the head injuries caused by motorcycle accidents and how you can survive such trauma.
The Consequences of a Head Injury
The consequences of a head injury can be far reaching. There are three levels of severity when it comes to a head injury. The lowest level is a mild head injury, which comes with little consequences. The middle level is moderate, which comes with injuries and consequences that could turn serious. The third level is severe, which comes with extensive treatment for the injuries suffered. Depending on the severity of your head injury you could wind up falling unconscious for minutes to days at a time. The severity of the injury to your head could also lead to lasting impairments that affect how you live your life on a daily basis. You might have to learn how to talk again, blink your eyes, feed yourself and more.
Some Motorcycle Statistics
To get a better understanding of how dangerous it is to ride a motorcycle compared to being a passenger in a car, you should read the following statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- A motorcycle rider is 16 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury compared to a passenger in a car
- A motorcycle rider is four times more likely to suffer moderate to severe injuries in an accident compared to a passenger in a car
- The leading cause of death or disability in these accidents is head trauma
These three statistics alone prove how important it is for all who ride a motorcycle, either as the operator or the passenger, to wear a helmet and other protective gear at all times. This protective gear should be worn at all times when on a motorcycle, even when sitting still in traffic, as collisions can occur at any moment without notice.
How to Survive Head Trauma
Victims of motorcycle accidents that suffer head trauma could experience lasting effects that change their lives, including paralysis and other disabilities. The victim could wind up experiencing a loss in their motor skills even after the injuries have healed or been rehabilitated. It is possible that victims of motorcycle accidents who have suffered head trauma might need to seek out both physical and mental therapy. The physical therapy will help rehabilitate the injuries to the body, while the mental therapy will help the victim deal with their new situation in life. Joining support groups, seeing a psychologist, following doctor’s orders and allowing family members to help when needed is the first step in the right direction for surviving a head injury in a motorcycle accident.
Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case in New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Proner & Proner represent clients injured because of motorcycle accidents in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 New York, New York 10165 as well as offices in Forest Hills, Brooklyn, Bronx, NY and Bethel, CT.
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