Motorcycle Accidents Frequently Result in TBI

motorcycleThe majority of motorcycle accident fatalities occur because of head injury, yet the state of Colorado only requires that drivers and passengers under the age of 18 wear a DOT approved helmet. Regardless of the law, all Colorado motorcyclists should wear a helmet. Why? By wearing a helmet, you drastically lower your chances of severe injury and/or death. In fact, in 2011, the NHTSA estimated that motorcycle helmets saved over 1600 lives.

Motorcycles don’t offer their drivers much protection during accidents. Even minor crashes that occur at relatively low speeds can result in a serious and debilitating head injury. Depending on the severity of the hit, an individual with TBI may experience mild, moderate, or severe symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Loss of consciousness, ranging from a few seconds to several hours, depending on the severity

  • Persistent headaches

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Drowsiness or fatigue

  • Loss of balance

  • Blurred vision

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Clear fluids leaking from nose

  • Slurred speech

  • Agitation

  • Feelings of anxiety and/or depression

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, between 2006 and 2010 there was a 30 percent increase in emergency rooms visits relating to Traumatic Brain Injury. Out of approximately 138 million ER visits, 1.7 percent of these patients were diagnosed with TBI.

If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury due to a motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Pueblo motorcycle accident lawyer immediately. Motorcycle accident victims will often experience long-term pain and suffering, and struggle with the long road to recovery. As such, they will need compensation to help pay for a variety of expenses. After all, recovering from such a serious injury is not only physically demanding, but financially demanding as well. Medical costs including hospitalization, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and medications can debilitate a family financially.

Contact Pueblo Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

The severity of injuries received in a Pueblo motorcycle accident demands that victims exercise their full rights under the law to recover compensation for medical expenses, therapy bills, lost wages, and damages. Any Colorado rider that has been involved in a motorcycle crash is advised to seek counsel immediately.

mickey-officeIf you have been injured in a Pueblo, Colorado motorcycle crash, attorney Smith & Smith can help. Call Pueblo attorneys at Smith & Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062.