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Brain injuries: A serious risk from motorcycle crashes

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Every year, motorcyclists are involved in serious accidents on the roads. Despite advancements in safety technology, the risk of brain injuries in motorcycle crashes remains high. These accidents can lead to long-term impairments and dramatically alter a person’s life quality. Wearing a helmet is a crucial preventative measure, but it is not foolproof.

A significant percentage of motorcycle crashes result in traumatic brain injuries, which occur when a sudden trauma or jolt to the head causes damage to the brain. The severity of a TBI can range from mild with a brief change in mental status or consciousness to severe with an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss. 

Importance of helmet use and quality

Helmets are crucial to mitigate the risks of brain injuries in motorcycle crashes. They absorb the energy from an impact, reducing the force transferred to the skull and brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes there’s a 69% reduction in head injury risk if you wear a helmet. You must use a helmet that meets safety standards and ensure it’s in good condition. A damaged helmet, or one that doesn’t fit properly, can significantly reduce its effectiveness in preventing brain injuries. 

Factors contributing to brain injuries in motorcycle crashes

Speed plays a significant role in the likelihood of brain injuries. High-speed crashes are likely to result in more severe injuries compared to lower-speed incidents, but the risk remains even with crashes at slower speeds. The angle of the impact to the motorcycle and whether the blow to the head was direct or indirect are also factors. 

Ultimately, a motorcyclist who suffers a brain injury in a crash likely has a long road to recovery. They may opt to pursue a claim for compensation for the financial damages they’re facing.