Riding a motorcycle is inherently risky. When you’re cruising along the highway on two wheels instead of four, you’re more exposed to the elements — your body is a lot closer to the road and to other motorists.
This may explain why motorcycle accidents are so much more likely to result in serious injuries or death than passenger-vehicle crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014, motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles. Many of these fatalities were caused by traumatic brain injuries. As PennyGeeks explains, the best hope you have for protecting your head and brain in a motorcycle crash is to wear a motorcycle helmet.
Although motorcycle helmets can reduce your risk, even the safest riders can suffer catastrophic injuries in a wreck. If you were hurt in a crash that another driver caused, contact an Albuquerque motorcycle accident attorney at The Law Office of Brian K. Branch to discuss your situation.
With a combined 32 years in legal practice, our head injury lawyers have the experience and professionalism to help you pursue fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Call 505-764-9710 for a free initial consultation.
Symptoms of a Concussion After a Motorcycle Accident A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury caused by an impact or jolting of the head. When you are involved in a crash on a motorcycle, your body is often thrown forward or backward, and your head can be flung around by that impact as you try to right yourself. That movement can cause your brain to shift or twist inside your skull. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that as the brain moves, it bumps against the skull and can be bruised or torn, resulting in serious and possibly permanent neurological symptoms.
Concussions can look and feel different for different people. But in all cases, a concussion is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. If you notice any of the warning signs below, in either yourself or someone else who has been in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to seek medical assistance:
- A headache that gets worse and does not go away;
- Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination;
- Vomiting repeatedly;
- Slurred speech;
- Convulsions or seizures;
- Inability to recognize people or places; or
- Loss of consciousness.
The cost of medical treatment, lost wages, and property repairs can be exorbitant after a motorcycle crash – especially when the victim suffers a TBI. If you were hurt in a wreck that another driver caused, turn to an experienced head injury lawyer at The Law Office of Brian K. Branch. Since our founding in 1997, we have been providing compassionate yet aggressive representation to people throughout New Mexico who have suffered injuries due to the reckless or intentional actions of other parties.
Call 505-764-9710 to arrange a free initial consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney today. Visit USAttorneys.com for more information on motorcycle accident claims in New Mexico.
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Albuquerque, NM 87102