While motorcycles are more than a means of transportation for many who ride, they leave motorcyclists exceptionally vulnerable to serious injuries in accidents, and some of the most serious of all are brain injuries.
If another driver’s negligence causes you or someone you love to suffer a brain injury on a motorcycle, an experienced Greenwood motorcycle accident lawyer can help.
How Serious Are Brain Injuries to Motorcyclists?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares all the following telling statistics about brain injuries, including concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs):
- In a recent year, about 176 people died every day in this country as a result of TBIs.
- In a recent year, more than 223,000 people suffered TBIs that were so serious they required hospitalization.
- TBIs are a primary cause of both disability and death in the United States.
- A primary cause of TBIs in this country is traffic accidents like motorcycle crashes.
Preventing Head Injuries
CDC reports that, while helmets are always the safest option and do reduce the risk of head injuries for motorcyclists considerably, they are not a guarantee that you won’t suffer a life-altering head injury. The surest means of preventing head injuries when you’re on your motorcycle include all the following:
- Wearing your helmet every time you ride
- Wearing appropriate safety gear every time you ride
- Proceeding as if the motorists all around you don’t see you
An important point to make here is that, even if you weren’t wearing your helmet at the time of the accident, it should not dissuade you from seeking the compensation to which you are entitled.
What Is a Fair Settlement for a TBI in a Motorcycle Crash?
Brain injuries are serious injuries that are also highly unpredictable. A fair settlement for your claim will be specific to the circumstances involved and can include losses related to all the following primary categories:
- Medical expenses that include your ongoing healthcare concerns, which can be difficult to predict
- Lost earnings that can include an altered career and serious losses in relation to earning potential
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering that can be overwhelming and can amplify the negative consequences of your other losses
Having a motorcycle accident head injury lawyer in your corner can strengthen your ability to recover on your full range of losses.
Why Are Motorcyclists at Risk of Head Injuries?
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by other motorists who either fail to recognize that they share the road with motorcyclists or who fail to accommodate their safe passage. When you’re on your bike, you’re more vulnerable to serious injuries like brain injuries for all the following reasons:
- Because your motorcycle is much smaller than other vehicles, you’re more difficult to see.
- The condition of the road is more likely to threaten your safety when you’re on your bike.
- You experience a shorter stopping distance on your motorcycle, which makes motorists who tailgate that much more dangerous.
- You can easily fit within other motorists’ blind spots, and when they fail to check them prior to leaving their lanes, it can prove deadly.
- When you’re on your motorcycle, nothing other than your helmet comes between your head and the immense impact of an accident.
Ultimately, the negligence of other drivers is often at the heart of motorcycle accidents, including all the following forms:
- Excess speed
- Failure to follow the traffic laws
Brain Injuries Can Hide in Plain Sight
The fact is that brain injuries do not always identify themselves with clear symptoms, which makes seeking immediate medical attention after a motorcycle accident of any magnitude critical. The Mayo Clinic shares some of the primary physical, sensory, and cognitive symptoms – as they relate to TBIs – that you should be aware of, including:
- The sudden onset of fatigue or drowsiness
- Overall dizziness or a loss of balance
- Speech difficulties
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- A change in sense of smell
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Feelings of depression or anxiety
- Sleep disturbances, including having trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Being dazed, disoriented, or otherwise confused
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident, it’s time to consult with a seasoned motorcycle accident brain injury attorney.
Discuss Your Claim With an Experienced Greenwood Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
At Sevenish Law Personal Injury Lawyers, we have an impressive track record of successfully defending the rights of claimants like you for the last 35 years and beyond. Our commitment to our valued clients is unwavering, and we look forward to also working with you and representing you fiercely in front of the insurers. Reach out to us online or call us at 317-636-7777 for more information about what we can do to help you today.
Motorcycle Accident Case FAQs
How long will my claim take to be resolved?
Your motorcycle accident brain injury claim will be specific to the circumstances involved, and as a result, it will follow its own course. Your lawyer, however, will endeavor to ensure that your claim moves effectively and efficiently forward – without losing sight of your best interests.
Will my claim settle out of court?
Your claim is very likely to settle out of court – most claims do. If the insurance company, however, shows no interest in negotiating fairly, your attorney will waste no time filing a lawsuit against them.
Why is an attorney so important?
Your brain injury lawyer will carefully build your strongest claim and skillfully negotiate with the motorcycle or auto insurance company for the compensation to which you’re entitled – all while fiercely defending your rights. Having an experienced lawyer on your side greatly improves your ability to recover on your complete losses fully.