According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 5,000 people die and approximately 90,000 people suffer injuries in motorcycle accidents nationwide. Sadly, head and brain injuries are the most common cause of fatalities, and many motorcyclists left with injuries also suffer the lifelong effects of brain injuries. There are several different types of head injuries motorcyclists can suffer from, depending on the severity of the crash—even helmeted riders can sustain the following types of head and brain injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury. This type of brain injury is also referred to as a TBI. It occurs when the head is shaken violently or hit in a way the brain moves inside the skull. When this happens, swelling around the brain, bruising of the brain, pressure on the brain, or accumulation of blood around the brain can cause injury to the brain tissue and result in a TBI. Victims of TBIs can suffer a range of lifelong problems such as headaches, poor concentration, difficulty processing information, and mental health issues, such as depression and anger, among other symptoms.
- Skull Fracture. Brain tissue is typically not penetrated in most skull fractures, which means that a skull fracture doesn’t generally require extensive medical treatment. However, some skull fractures where leakage of cerebrospinal fluid occurs can lead to brain damage and damaged arteries and veins.
- Spinal Cord Injury. When a person’s spinal cord is partially or totally severed in a Georgia motorcycle crash, it causes a break in the network of cells and alters brain communication due to the affected fibers that send signals between the brain and spinal cord.
If you have suffered any type of head or brain injury in a Norcross motorcycle crash, you don’t need to go through this alone. Brain injury treatments can be expensive, and you will need as much compensation as possible to get the medical treatment and therapy that will help you recover. Contact an experienced Norcross brain injury attorney for help in recovering the damages you are due. Call Shane Smith Law at 770.487.8999 for a free case consultation today.