More people are riding motorcycles than ever before, and motorcycle riders now represent almost every demographic including men, women, and seniors. While motorcycle demographics have changed over the years, one thing hasn’t changed—brain injuries in motorcycle crashes.
Head and brain injuries are still the most common types of injuries to affect motorcyclists. It is estimated that brain injuries are the cause of death in over half of motorcycle fatalities, and about one-third of injured victims suffer head injuries in motorcycle crashes. This is why there is an emphasis placed on motorcycle helmets and a law in Georgia requiring motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets.
In fact, most motorcyclists in Georgia count on their helmets to help protect their heads and necks in the event of a crash. While the hard shell of a motorcycle helmet does help to protect a rider’s head and reduce injuries to the head, neck, and spine, a motorcycle helmet cannot completely prevent injuries to brain tissues or a rider from sustaining a brain injury in Georgia.
Unfortunately the effects of a brain injury are twofold, including:
- Physical effects. Brain injuries can be severe, disabling, and even fatal. For those living with brain injuries, they often deal with loss of memory, loss of coordination, inability to focus, communication issues, seizures, headaches, and the inability to pursue their hobbies, ride a motorcycle, or even work again.
- Financial effects. Motorcyclists who sustain brain injuries may need to be hospitalized, undergo surgery, and require ongoing medical treatment and therapy. Thus, the cost of treating brain injuries can add up quickly.
While the physical effects are bad enough, injured motorcyclists are often left without the proper compensation to get the necessary treatment or care for their lifelong injuries. If you have been left with a brain injury in Peachtree City following a motorcycle accident, you should speak with an experienced attorney to find out if you are entitled to compensation.
Because a traumatic brain injury—or even a mild traumatic brain injury—can be life-altering, injured riders need substantial amounts of money to deal with their medical bills and ongoing medical care. For help making a sizeable financial recovery, you should turn to a knowledgeable Peachtree City brain injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. Call today for a free consultation at 770.487.8999.