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Motorcycle Accidents & Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have devastating effects, especially when they are sustained during a motorcycle accident. These crashes can result in severe head trauma, which in turn leads to the brain being physically damaged. Long-term effects of a TBI can impact your ability to function normally, and medical costs are often astronomical.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a motorcycle accident, contact the Krist Law Firm P.C. to see how we can help. You may be able to obtain compensation from those responsible for the accident. Our Houston motorcycle accident lawyers will fight tirelessly to ensure that you receive the funds you deserve.

Call (281) 283-8500 today to see how we can help put your life back together.

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When combined with automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, one in five motorcyclists involved in an accident will sustain a TBI, and this chance is three times higher for riders who do not wear helmets. The reason for the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries among motorcycle riders has to do with their proximity to larger, heavier vehicles. A vehicle driver may not see a motorcyclist or give them the right of way. This results in motorcyclists being more likely than drivers to get in an accident.

When a motorcyclist is in an accident, they will most likely sustain a non-penetrative traumatic brain injury. With this type of head injury, no foreign object makes contact with the brain tissue. Instead, a blow to the head, most likely caused by falling on the pavement or colliding with a vehicle, leads to the brain being impacted by a tremendous amount of force. When a concussion occurs, for example, the brain is jostled and it makes physical contact with the interior surface of the skull. This causes the brain to swell and can lead to permanent disabilities due to dead or damaged brain cells.

Long-term Consequences of Brain Injuries

The effects of a traumatic brain injury do not end when you leave the hospital. In fact, they cause long-term physical and emotional damage. Listed below are long-term conditions that can form when the brain is injured in a motorcycle accident:

  • Permanent paralysis or seizures
  • Damage to motor (movement) skills
  • Decreased thinking and intellectual abilities
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to work
  • Poor concentration

The Journal of the American College of Surgeons claims that medical costs in accidents are nearly doubled when a traumatic brain injury is involved. According to the National Foundation of Brain Research, the medical and non-medical cost for a traumatic brain injury is around $151,000. This price point takes into account hospital costs, rehabilitation, health insurance, and necessary home care.

Contact The Krist Law Firm Today

Whether the injury you sustained was a minor concussion or something more severe, the Houston personal injury lawyer at the Krist Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our team of highly trained professionals will go after those responsible for the accident to prove they were at fault.

Call (281) 283-8500 now for a free consultation.