Head Injuries from Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcycle crashes often involve serious injuries, including closed head injuries. Stakes are high in these cases. Get experienced help from a motorcycle accident lawyer today.

Head wounds from motorcycle crashes are among the most serious that a motorcyclist can suffer. Whether the accident occurs as a result of road conditions or as a result of a collision with another vehicle, being thrown from a motorcycle makes an injury severe. Motorcycle helmets can mitigate injuries and often prevent death, but even the sturdiest element cannot eliminate a head injury.

2020 was a bad year for motorcycle crashes in Texas, with 7,481 motorcycle crashes. Of those, 1,856 motorcyclists were seriously injured, and 482 were killed. There is little to protect the motorcyclist, and often injuries are severe. Many head wounds, in particular, can cause ongoing medical problems for years, if not for the rest of a motorcyclist’s life.

Types of Head injuries Suffered by Motorcyclists in Crashes

Head injuries suffered by motorcyclists in crashes are usually closed head injuries. In this type of injury, there is usually little to no sign of external injury. All the injury occurs in the brain and the tissue surrounding the brain. Two of the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries are concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

Concussion

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. It occurs when the head is hit or hits another object causing the brain tissues to bounce back and forth inside the skull. Though considered a mild traumatic brain injury, a concussion is still considered a serious injury. It may cause memory loss, personality changes, nausea, blurred vision, the pressure inside the skull, severe headache, inability to tolerate bright light.

An MRI or other scan may be needed to diagnose a concussion. If you have suffered a concussion, you will need plenty of rest to recover. You may be unable to work for some time. Recovery may take days, weeks, or months depending on the severity of the concussion.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries  (TBIs) are one of the leading causes of disability and death in adults involved in motorcycle accidents. Like a concussion, these injuries occur either from impact or from sudden, violent movement in one direction and then in another. During a motorcycle crash, tremendous force moves the body and head. If a motorcyclist is thrown from the bike, the resulting blow to the head can cause a TBI. But even the force of the head moving in one direction and then snapping back can move the brain within the skull enough to cause injury.

In this injury, the brain can bruise, a lesion may form on brain tissue, or the lining of the brain may tear, causing internal bleeding (brain-bleed), bruising, or swelling. TBIs are usually diagnosed either by CT scan or MRI.

Traumatic brain injuries have many symptoms. Sometimes, the person with TBI is confused or disoriented and his or her speech might be slurred. A TBI patient may experience weakness or an inability to move one side of the body. Some patients have seizures. Other symptoms include memory loss, sensitivity to light, or ringing in the ears. In its milder form, this type of injury is similar to a concussion.

TBI treatment depends on the severity of the injury. Often, surgery is used to immediately reduce the pressure on the brain. In many of these cases, if the patient survives, the brain injuries are irreversible.

For those who survive, permanent disabilities may result, involving loss of income, life-long monitoring, rehabilitative care, and assistance with daily living.

Contact a Round Rock Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Stakes are high in motorcycle crash cases. These are complex cases, often with severe injuries. If you need the help of an experienced Round Rock motorcycle Accident Lawyer to get you the compensation you need and deserve. At Elissa I. Henry Law Firm, PLLC, we are experienced and compassionate, and we care about you and your case. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us today for a consultation at (512) 766-4529.