You are enjoying riding your motorcycle on the first warm day of spring when a car slams into you without any warning. Suddenly, you find yourself on the ground, grateful that you don’t seems to be seriously injured, just a little shaken up. When a motorcycle crash such as this one takes place, your helmet can be a lifesaver, but you could still be hurt. Although you have no outward signs of injury, your skull may have shaken forcefully inside your helmet causing a mild brain injury.
Even if you didn’t experience something penetrating your head or crack in your skull, a motorcycle accident can still exert enough force on your head to cause a mild traumatic brain injury. Since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, it is important to understand that a brain injury can happen to anyone and even a mild traumatic brain injury can change someone’s life in an instant. Unfortunately, many people suffer mild traumatic brain injuries in collisions and don’t even realize it because the signs are subtle. Because it is important victims of any type of brain injury get timely medical care, it is critical that you know what signs and symptoms to look out for after a crash.
Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, brain injury warning signs include:
- Severe headache
- Loss of vision
- Weakness in your limbs
- Extra sleepy
- Vomiting or nausea
- Loss of consciousness
Many people assume they have to lose consciousness and pass out to have suffered some sort of brain injury, but it is important to know that isn’t always the case. If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms after a crash, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Sadly, brain injuries can cause behavior changes and cognitive and physical challenges for a lifetime.
Because people with brain injuries need ongoing medical treatment and access to appropriate care, victims of brain injuries need to be compensated appropriately for their damages and losses. While it is bad enough that innocent motorcyclists have to live with the effects of a brain injury, it is even worse when they are left without the proper compensation because an insurance company is trying to save a buck.
If you have suffered any type of brain injury in a motorcycle accident, you should seek the legal advice of an experienced attorney to learn about your rights.