Motorcycle accidents frequently cause head injuries, which can have serious, long-term consequences. As personal injury lawyers, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects that head injuries can have on injured victims and their families. After receiving medical care, we recommend seeking legal counsel as soon as possible. Our attorneys can help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Symptoms of a Head Injury Following a Motorcycle Crash
If you ride a motorcycle, you should know the symptoms of a head injury so you can get medical help right away. Depending on their severity, head injuries can range from extremely uncomfortable to fatal. Some of the signs of a head injury include:
- Loss of consciousness,
- Severe headache or migraine,
- Confusion or disorientation,
- Dizziness or loss of balance,
- Nausea or vomiting,
- Blurred vision or double vision,
- Slurred speech or difficulty speaking,
- Weakness or numbness in the limbs,
- Seizures or convulsions, or
- Unusual behavior like irritability or aggression.
Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know develops any of these symptoms after a motorcycle crash. Delayed treatment can result in long-term complications or even death.
Types of Head Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle crashes can cause brain injuries that range in severity from relatively minor to fatal. Let’s take a look at common head injuries that result from motorcycle accidents.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head, a bump, or a jolt. Concussions can occur in motorcycle accidents when a rider’s head collides with the ground, another vehicle, or an object.
A skull fracture is a break or a crack in the bone of the skull. Skull fractures can be open (the bone has broken through the skin) or closed (the bone has broken, but the skin is still intact).
A hematoma is a collection of blood outside the blood vessels, most often due to trauma. Hematomas inside the skull can cause pressure on the brain, which can be fatal.
A cerebral contusion is a bruise caused by the brain striking the interior of the skull. Like a concussion, this can happen when the rider’s head strikes the ground or an object.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
A diffuse axonal injury is caused by the brain shaking or twisting inside the skull. This action may cause nerve fiber damage in the brain, resulting in long-term cognitive and physical deficits.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any brain injury caused by a forceful bump or jolt to the head. TBIs can result in long-term complications, including cognitive impairment, memory loss, and personality changes.
If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle accident and is showing signs of a head injury, get medical help immediately. If you wait too long to treat a head injury, it could have long-term consequences.
Long-Term Problems from Head Injuries
A person’s lifelong health and well-being can be affected by a head injury. The long-term effects of your injury depend on how bad it was, what kind it was, and how quickly you got treatment. Some of the most common long-term effects of head injuries include the following:
- Cognitive impairment: Head injuries can lead to cognitive impairments like memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and decreased problem-solving abilities. These impairments can significantly impact your ability to work or perform daily tasks.
- Emotional and behavioral changes: Head injuries can cause emotional and behavioral changes, like depression, anxiety, and mood swings. These changes can significantly impact your quality of life and relationships.
- Sensory changes: Head injuries can result in sensory changes, like loss of vision, hearing, or smell. These changes can impact your ability to navigate your environment and perform daily tasks.
- Physical impairment: Head injuries can cause physical impairments like paralysis, muscle weakness, and loss of coordination.
- Seizures: Head injuries can increase the risk of seizures, significantly impacting your quality of life.
- Chronic pain: Head injuries can lead to chronic pain, like headaches, neck pain, and back pain.
It is common for a head injury to worsen or appear in the days or weeks after an accident. If you experience a head injury, seek emergency medical care.
The Law Firm of Carlton F. Bennett, PLLC: Experienced, Dedicated, and Determined Personal Injury Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights
Head injuries from motorcycle accidents can have serious, long-lasting consequences that negatively impact your quality of life. You should seek emergency medical care if you sustain a head injury in a motorcycle accident. Personal injury lawyers can also help with long-term injury compensation and recovery.
Our law firm has served clients for 47 years, during which we gained extensive trial experience and a proven record of success. We have recovered millions of dollars for injured individuals and hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Our attorneys are AV®Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and are licensed to practice in Virginia and Florida. Our primary location is in Virginia Beach, with additional locations serving the eastern shore of Virginia.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury in a motorcycle accident, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. We strive to give you the top-notch legal representation you deserve.