It is often said that a motorcycle accident is even more dangerous than a car crash. To begin with, the rider and/or the passenger behind him or her are not enclosed like the occupants inside the car. Also, the small frame of the motorcycle makes it less visible than the typical vehicles seen on the road. Thus, when a motorcycle crash happens wherein the rider either slams into either a stationary object or a moving vehicle, it is likely that he or she is likely to be thrown off and land on the pavement, causing serious injuries or even death.
One of the reasons why serious injuries are common in motorcycle accidents is that victims often sustain injuries to the head. This is due to the fact that not all riders and passengers wear the most important protective gear, which is the helmet. In fact, of the 4,667 people who died in motorcycle crashes in 2012, 39 percent of them were not helmeted. This is why every rider in California should always wear helmets whenever they drive their motorcycles.
Aside from the fact that almost every state in the U.S. has traffic laws that require riders (and passengers) to wear helmets when riding their motorbikes, these protective gears have been proven to decrease the severity of head injuries, as well as the possibility of death. According to statistics, wearing a helmet reduces the rider’s risk of getting severely injured or getting killed in the event of a motorcycle crash by around 37 percent. Meanwhile, those who don’t wear are 3 times more likely to sustain head injuries that could induce brain damage.
What are the common head injuries?
Depending on the severity and the circumstances of the motorcycle accident, victims suffering from head injuries may experience headaches and concussions. However, in typically severe cases, the victims’ physical and mental state may be altered, especially if they suffer complications such as paralysis or seizures. There are also unfortunate ones who go into a coma, which would likely result in death.
As it is, head injuries in motorcycle mishaps can be categorized into two: closed and open. A closed head injury happens when the victim suffers symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness, and he or she sustains it via whiplash, or the sudden jerk of the head that causes neck and head strain. An open head injury, meanwhile, happens when the victim is not helmeted and there is skull fracture and/or an open wound. This injury often affects the brain, causing further complications that could lead to paralysis, coma, or death.
Suffering from any a head injury in a motorcycle accident can really cost victims and their families a whole lot, more so if the negligence of another person caused the mishap. As such, it is imperative for the victims and/or their families to seek the expertise of an attorney for personal injury claims in California. By hiring a lawyer for motorcycle accident, a claim can be established against the liable party, which would help the victims and their families secure compensation for the losses they incurred.