When you ride a motorcycle, you are unquestionably one of the most vulnerable motorists on the road. Even with state-of-the-art protective gear, motorcyclists can easily sustain extremely serious injuries when they are involved in accidents, particularly when they are thrown from their vehicles.
Motorcycle Accidents and TBIs
A motorcyclist can sustain a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during an accident if the head hits the ground or another object with sufficient force—even if the rider is wearing a helmet. These injuries are extremely serious and have the potential to result in symptoms that can last for weeks, months, or even years. Some of the symptoms associated with a TBI include the following:
- Problems with vision
- Memory issues
- Problems sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light and sound
In more serious cases, victims can even develop cognitive problems that can prevent them from working or living without around-the-clock care.
How Can I Protect Myself from Sustaining a TBI While Riding?
Fortunately, you can reduce your risk of sustaining a TBI while you are riding your motorcycle. The most basic of these is always wearing a properly fitted DOT-approved helmet—as required by Georgia law. In addition, you should ensure that your motorcycle is in good working order and is appropriate for your skill and experience as a rider. Try to avoid riding in poor weather conditions or at night, and make sure to never ride after consuming alcohol.
TBIs Often Entitle Victims to Significant Compensation
Traumatic brain injuries that result in significant problems can often entitle victims to significant compensation. Under Georgia law, people who are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others can recover both their economic and non-economic losses, including their medical expenses, lost income, property damage, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Examples of Driver Negligence that Can Result in TBI-Causing Motorcycle Crashes
How can you tell if your accident was caused by negligence? Generally speaking, the only way to know is to have your case reviewed by an attorney familiar with Georgia personal injury law. We will review your case at no cost to you and let you know whether you may have a claim. That said, here are some common forms of driver negligence that often lead to serious motorcycle accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Driving without headlights
- Following too closely
- Improper turns
- Driving the wrong direction
- Impaired driving
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Gwinnett County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury or were otherwise hurt in a serious motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you retain an attorney as soon as you can. To schedule a free consultation with Georgia motorcycle accident attorney David Brauns, call our office today at (404) 348-0889 or send us email through our online contact form.