Understanding TBIs in Truck Accidents with Motorcycles
While helmets are approximately 67% effective in preventing traumatic brain injury in motorcycle accidents, that still leaves many people suffering from head injuries. Motorcycle accidents involving a collision with a truck typically cause even greater injuries than those between bikes and cars. Trucks are larger, harder to maneuver, and more likely to leave you dealing with serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, following an accident.
Have you experienced a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motorcycle accident with a truck? It’s important to understand your rights, your responsibilities, and how to proceed moving forward.
Understanding How You Were Injured
In truck accident cases, one term lawyers use frequently is “mechanism of injury.” The mechanism of injury is the specific way in which you experienced your head injury. In most cases, it’s relatively obvious that you sustained your TBI as a result of the truck accident. However, you may need to define exactly how the injury occurred in order to establish fault or prove that the head injury occurred during the accident. This might include questions like:
- Were you wearing a helmet? Because helmet use can significantly decrease the odds of traumatic brain injury, your lack of a helmet can lead to more problems both in your injuries and in your case.
- Did the injury occur as a result of the direct actions of the trucker?
- Was the trucker entirely at fault for the accident, or do you bear partial responsibility for the circumstances of the accident? If you bore partial responsibility for the circumstances of your accident, you may be due lower compensation than if the truck driver bore total responsibility.
As soon as possible following your accident, you should arrange a meeting with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to walk you through the facts and circumstances of the accident and evaluate your rights.
What Are the Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury?
After your accident, you’ll face a lot of information about traumatic brain injury. If you lost consciousness at the scene or suffered injuries that made it necessary for you to go to the hospital, tests and scans may show the presence of a TBI. In some cases, however, the effects of your TBI may not show up until later. Not only that, the symptoms of TBI can linger, leaving you struggling to return to your everyday life following your accident and injuries. The symptoms of TBI may include:
- Headaches, including lingering headaches
- Nausea or vomiting
- The need to sleep more than usual
- Speech problems, including slurring, difficulty recalling words, and other challenges
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- An odd taste in your mouth or other sensory distortion
- Memory or concentration problems
- Mood swings or overall changes in mood and temperament
- Struggle to function in ordinary circumstances
These effects can last short-term, allowing you to heal and get back to normal quickly, or they can linger for weeks or even months. Some people with mild traumatic brain injuries will find the symptoms linger for a year or more. In some cases, the symptoms of TBI may be permanent. Working with your doctor is the most effective way to determine the extent of your injuries and get back as much of your cognitive function as possible.
Living with TBI
Living with traumatic brain injury can be challenging. Many of the symptoms of TBI can make it difficult to complete your normal job responsibilities or to complete ordinary tasks at home. Some symptoms will resolve quickly; others may linger long-term. You may need more care and assistance than usual. TBIs can cause victims to feel agitation or confusion, leaving them unable to be alone without someone to offer care if symptoms flare up. While the symptoms of traumatic brain injury vary from one individual to the next, there are several things you can do to make the recovery process more manageable.
Use the suggestions offered by your healthcare team. You might, for example, need to put together a list of all of the steps needed to complete a task or use an alarm set on your phone or smartwatch as a reminder to accomplish specific tasks. Your healthcare team will be able to offer more advice that relates directly to your situation.
Make modifications to your daily life as needed. You may find that you need labels that help identify where things are located or that you need to have daily meetings to help you remember what you’re supposed to be doing. This simple step can go a long way toward helping you stay more organized and keeping you on task. Be willing to make modifications to your daily routines in an effort to retain your quality of life as much as possible after your TBI.
Create a safe or calming space if you need one. Many people with traumatic brain injury experience emotional swings, including agitation, frustration, or anger. Having a safe space you can go to in order to calm down will make it easier for you to deal with those emotions in a positive manner.
Take one day at a time. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury may change drastically over time. You may not always know what to expect. By taking things one day at a time, you can handle the challenges that come your way without becoming more frustrated or bogged down by your injuries.
Get the legal help you need. Quality legal advice can help ensure you make the right decisions to protect your rights. Working with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will also help prevent you from agreeing to a settlement offer that reflects less than the amount you should receive for your injuries.
Don’t Delay Legal Help
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury after your motorcycle collided with a truck, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Contact the Dolman Law Group online or by phone at (727) 451-6900 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the facts and circumstances of your motorcycle accident.
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