Motorcycle accidents in Florida and throughout this nation can cause a wide variety of injuries to motorcyclists. These injuries can range in severity depending on several elements including the rate of speed, the force of the accident, what area on the body was injured, and if the motorcyclist was or was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
If a motorcyclist strikes his or her head during a Broward County motorcycle crash, he or she may suffer a head injury. Head injuries can include loss of consciousness, concussion, coma, closed head injuries and brain injuries. While not all head and brain injuries are life threatening, some motorcycle head injuries in Florida could result in permanent brain loss, memory problems, behavioral problems, changes in mood, trouble concentrating, and much more.
Head and brain injuries are generally referred to as one of the three categories listed below:
- Mild – mild head injuries show no evidence of loss of consciousness or intracranial injury. Victims of a mild brain injury may suffer from dizziness, headaches, fatigue, blurred vision, balance problems, and nausea. Most victims that suffer mild brain injuries recover within weeks and are able to resume the life they had before the motorcycle accident; however, permanent disabilities occur in about 10% of mild brain injury cases.
- Moderate – a moderate head injury includes loss of consciousness of no more than one hour and does not show any evidence of intracranial injury. Victims with moderate head injuries have reported vision loss, trouble with coordination, weakness, repeated vomiting, and a headache that doesn’t seem to go away, along with the symptoms listed above. Over 65% of those with moderate brain injuries suffer some sort of permanent disability, with some requiring assistance for the rest of their lives.
- Severe – a severe head injury includes a prolonged loss of consciousness and intracranial injuries resulting in a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These victims will suffer all the same symptoms listed above as well as behavioral problems and permanent brain loss. Additionally, those with a severe TBI will suffer permanent disabilities 100% of the time, requiring care or assistance.
All types of head and brain injuries are serious no matter what level of categorization they fall into. However, those who suffer a traumatic brain injury are more likely to lead a lifetime of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.4 million Americans suffer a TBI each year that results in 235,000 hospitalizations, 1.1 million treated and released, and 50,000 deaths.
While these statistics account for other types of accidents as well as motorcycle accident injuries, studies do reveal that helmeted motorcyclists are less likely to suffer head and brain injuries compared to unhelmeted riders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), unhelmeted motorcyclists sustained more moderate and severe head injuries than helmeted riders.
If you were injured in a South Florida motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, even if you were or weren’t wearing a helmet, you may be entitled to a financial recovery for your injuries. Call the Law Office of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation today.