Motorcycle accidents can be tragic and change the course of a person’s life in an instant. While fatalities are the most tragic outcome of crashes, having to live with a disability can be traumatic as well. Unfortunately, there are many types of disabling injuries motorcycle accident victims can suffer, including eye injuries.
When injuries to the eye occur as a result of a wreck, a motorcyclist can suffer vision loss. Sadly, partial and full blindness can occur—resulting in a permanent disability that can be difficult to cope with. When a permanent injury of this nature occurs, a victim’s world can come crashing down. Even ordinary tasks must be re-learned as the victim comes to terms with his new disability.
Vision Problems Motorcycle Accident Victims Sustain
Although motorcyclists who travel the roads throughout Maryland are required to wear motorcycle helmets and eye protection, sometimes crashes occur that still lead to severe eye-related injuries. Typically, helmets and goggles help block out dust, dirt, rocks, and other road debris that could be harmful to motorcyclists—reducing the risk of eye injuries in a crash. However, when motorcyclists are thrown from their bikes and suffer blows to the head, their vision can be negatively impacted.
For instance, when a motorcyclist suffers head trauma in a crash, it is possible that his or her vision will be altered. Unfortunately, a traumatic brain injury can often lead to vision problems, such as blurred and double vision, affecting a motorcyclist’s ability to see properly—ultimately resulting in additional loss of function.
Vision Loss: A Reality Facing Motorcyclists
In addition to altered vision from a brain injury, some motorcyclists suffer partial or complete blindness when the impact of a crash damages the retina or optic nerve. If optic nerve damage takes place, it is very likely that vision loss—including full blindness—will be the result. If retinal detachment occurs, immediate surgery is required to attach the retina; however, permanent blindness could still be the end result.
Losing one’s eyesight in one or both eyes can be very difficult to deal with. Sadly, a victim might not be able to return to work and make a living. Also, victims may need lifetime care when vision loss occurs, and getting this help and care can cause a financial strain. Because motorcycle accident victims and their families shouldn’t have to be burdened with the financial difficulties of a crash caused by a negligent driver, it is important for them to seek legal recourse through a personal injury claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered partial or full vision loss as a result of a motorcycle crash, it is critical to pursue a legal claim to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. Please click on the live chat button to the left of the screen or call our law firm at (301) 942-9118 to learn more about your rights in a free consultation.