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The Devastating Impact of TBIs in Motorcycle Accidents

The thrill of riding a motorcycle comes with inherent risks. Unlike car occupants surrounded by a protective metal shell, motorcyclists are far more vulnerable in an accident, especially when it comes to head injuries. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are a leading cause of death and disability following motorcycle accidents, and understanding the impact of TBIs is crucial for anyone who rides.

What are Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)?

The Devastating Impact of TBIs in Motorcycle Accidents

A TBI is any injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. This can occur from a blow to the head, forceful movement of the head, or penetration by an object. TBIs range in severity, from mild concussions to life-threatening injuries. Here’s a breakdown of the two main categories of TBIs:

  • Penetrating TBIs: These occur when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. This can happen from shrapnel, or a sharp object during an accident. Penetrating TBIs are typically more severe and can cause significant bleeding, brain damage, and life-threatening complications.
  • Non-Penetrating TBIs (Closed Head Injuries): These are more common and occur when a bump or blow to the head causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. This movement can damage brain tissue and blood vessels, leading to a variety of symptoms. Concussions, contusions, and coup-contrecoup injuries are all considered non-penetrating TBIs.

The Importance of Wearing a Helmet

While a helmet cannot eliminate the risk of a TBI entirely, it is the single most effective way to prevent head injuries and death in a motorcycle accident. Studies consistently show that helmets significantly reduce the severity of head injuries, with a dramatic decrease in fatalities for helmeted riders.

While you may have reasons for not wanting to wear a helmet, we highly recommend investing in a quality helmet, and replacing it if you suffer any sort of impact. It may not seem like it is going to do much in the case of an accident, but it could be the difference in you ever functioning the same again. Your life is worth it!

The Increased Risk of TBIs in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists lack the head protection offered by a car’s roof and airbags. In an accident, motorcycle riders are more likely to be thrown from the bike and sustain a head injury upon impact with the ground or another object.

The higher speeds and forces involved in motorcycle accidents also contribute significantly to the risk and severity of TBIs. Unfortunately, statistics in Ohio reflect this national trend. According to Ohio Statistics and Analytics for Traffic Safety, 72% of motorcycle accident fatalities in Ohio between 2018-2022 were not wearing a helmet.

The Increased Risk of TBIs in Motorcycle Accidents

The Importance of Seeking Medical Attention After a Motorcycle Accident

Following a motorcycle accident, it’s critical to seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t experience any immediate symptoms. Some TBI symptoms may take days or weeks to manifest. Early diagnosis and treatment of TBIs can significantly improve outcomes and minimize long-term complications.

If you plan to file a personal injury claim, it is also important to seek immediate medical treatment, so insurance adjusters do not try to exploit a gap in treatment.

The Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer in TBI Cases

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and suffered a TBI, a personal injury lawyer can be a valuable advocate. TBI cases can be complex, requiring a thorough investigation and testing to establish negligence and determine the full extent of your damages.

An experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal system, fight for fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any long-term care needs arising from your TBI.

At Tittle & Perlmuter, we have extensive resources and experience handling TBI cases in Ohio. We understand the unique challenges associated with these injuries and are committed to helping victims secure the compensation they deserve.

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If you’ve suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence in a motorcycle accident, Turn 2 Tittle & Perlmuter. With millions recovered for our clients, we will fight to get you justice, and be by your side every step of the way.

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