Brain Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycling is fun. For some it’s about freedom, for some it’s about the machine, for others it’s about a sense of brotherhood with other motorcycle riders and enthusiasts. No matter what the reason you love motorcycles, there is something about being on those two wheel and coming around a bend in the road that just cannot be beat. And for most bikers, the sport is safe and will mean a lifetime of fun. However, injury is a risk all bikers know they take, and the most serious injury to consider is a brain injury.
In a motorcycle accident, injuries tend to be much severe than in other vehicle accidents. Think about it: anyone inside a car has three layers of protection. There’s the car itself forming a protective barrier around them, there are crumple zones absorbing impact, and there are internal safety devices like seat belts and air bags to protect them. A biker has none of this. Likewise, cars have far more mass than motorcycles do. Typically, if it’s a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle, the motorcycle is the one taking the heavy damage.
Among the most dangerous motorcycle injuries are those incurred when a rider is thrown from their bike. They can easily hit their heads at speeds of 30, 40 or 50 mph or more when they land. This is the most common cause of the serious head injuries that every biker wants to avoid.
That’s why every biker needs to know the basics of head injuries, how to prevent them, and what to expect if one happens. This includes:
- Knowing the value of a helmet. It’s easy to say that if you hit something at 65 mph a helmet won’t make a difference. But the statistics tell different stories. We have met and worked with bikers who are alive because of their helmet.
- Know a helmet’s limitations. A helmet does not mean you cannot get a head injury. It only serves to reduce the impact and hopefully make the injury less severe.
- Take head injuries seriously. If you eat dirt in a minor accident, you may stand up and walk away. But it you took a bump on the head—even through a helmet—pay close attention. Head injuries that start off minor can get worse and turn into brain damage as the area swells.
- Know how to treat a concussion. If you think there’s even a chance you have a concussion, see a doctor immediately. Go directly to the emergency room or call 911. On the way, apply a cold pack to the area of the head injuries. You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) but not ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) to help the pain and swelling. Do not go to sleep if you may have a concussion.
If you ever find yourself in a motorcycle accident, after getting medical treatment consider your legal options. Bikers are easily injured by careless drivers and you are entitled to compensation that can help pay for your medical bills, missed work, long term care and damage to your bike. The lawyers of the Ernst Law Group are experienced motorcycle attorneys and are here to help you. Call and get a free consultation today.