Riding a Motorcycle Puts Individuals At Risk Of Sustaining a TBI

Motorcycle accidents injure thousands of Floridians each year, sometimes with devastating consequences. One of the more serious kinds of injuries that people can sustain when involved in a motorcycle accident is a traumatic brain injury,1 or TBI. These kinds of injuries usually occur when a person hits or jolts his or her head in a way that injures the brain in a way that disrupts the way the brain normally functions Due to the significant problems that a traumatic brain injury can cause, it is extremely important for anyone that has sustained a TBI to call an attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater motorcycle accident lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.

How do TBIs Occur in Motorcycle Accidents?

Any trauma to the head has the potential to result in a traumatic brain injury. There are several ways that a motorcycle accident can cause a TBI. Some of the most common are detailed below:

  • Being thrown over handlebars – This is one the most common ways in which a motorcycle accident can cause a traumatic brain injury. When a motorcyclist hits another vehicle, his or her forward momentum can often propel the rider forward over his or her bike. When this occurs, victims can often hit their heads on the ground, another vehicle, or objects around them. If the impact is of sufficient force, a traumatic brain injury can occur as a result.
  • A motorcyclist’s head gets struck by an object – Motorcyclists can often hit their heads on other objects while travelling at significant speeds. The objects that could be struck by a motorcyclist include signs, vehicles, tree limbs, and fixtures attached to the roadway.
  • The head is suddenly jolted back and forth – There does not need to be actual physical contact between the head and another object in order for a TBI. In cases where the head is suddenly moved back and forth, the brain can hit the inside of the skull, causing a TBI. The sudden acceleration and deceleration often involved in a motorcycle accident can often cause this to occur.

It is important for motorcyclist accident victims to be aware that TBIs can occur regardless of whether a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet. For this reason, anyone involved in a motorcycle accident should undergo a thorough medical evaluation conducted by a professional.

What are the complications associated with a TBI?

Traumatic brain injuries can cause a variety of symptoms, the severity of which is generally in proportion to the severity of the initial injury. Some of the common symptoms associated with TBI include the following:

·       Headaches

·       Dizziness

·       Nausea

·       Difficulty concentrating

·       Memory problems

·       Sensitivity to light and sound

·       Issues with balance

·       Difficulty communicating

·       Slurred speech

·       Issues with coordination

When these issues are serious, it can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. In some cases, people who sustain TBIs are unable to work for an extended period of time. The complications associated with TBI can last for months or even years, so it is extremely important for anyone that has sustained a TBI to seek appropriate medical attention as soon as possible. Often, early intervention greatly reduces the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury, so it is wise to seek medical treatment any time a person sustains a head injury.

Contact the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater motorcycle accident lawyers

A traumatic brain injury sustained in a motorcycle accident can affect you for the rest of your life. In many cases, TBI victims incur hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in medical expenses. In addition, they can also lose income from being unable to work and experience significant physical and emotional pain and suffering. Fortunately for victims, an experienced attorney can often help victims recover for these and any other losses they sustain because of a TBI. The Clearwater motorcycle accident lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are skilled legal professionals who are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of people hurt in accidents. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers regarding your rights under Florida law,2 call our office today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756



1 www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury/
2 http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/

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