Motorcycle accidents can result in severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Due to the lack of protective barriers afforded by motorcycles—and the fact that Ohio only requires motorcycle helmets for riders under 18—riders are particularly vulnerable to head injuries in the event of a crash.

Understanding the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries helps ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment, and early intervention can significantly improve outcomes and quality of life for accident victims.

Motorcycle accidents and TBIs

Motorcycle accidents often involve high speeds and direct impacts, making riders susceptible to traumatic brain injuries. However, accidents at slower speeds can still cause significant damage. Even with protective gear such as helmets, the force of impact from a collision can cause the brain to jolt or collide with the skull, leading to bruising, swelling or more severe injuries. Secondary injuries may occur if debris or objects penetrate the skull, causing further damage to brain tissue.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries is key for diagnosis and treatment. Common signs and symptoms may include:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Sensory disturbances, such as blurred vision or ringing in the ears
  • Loss of consciousness (in more severe cases)

It’s important to note that symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may not always be immediately apparent following a motorcycle accident. Some symptoms may manifest gradually over time. TBIs can affect cognitive function, motor skills and overall quality of life.

Riders should seek prompt medical attention, even if you believe your injuries are minor. A thorough evaluation by a healthcare professional, including neurological assessment and imaging studies (if necessary), can help identify and treat any underlying brain injuries.

What to do after an accident

If your injuries are less severe, you may be able to take photographs of the scene, your injuries and the damage incurred. If possible, gather eyewitness contact information. However, it’s always best to prioritize your medical condition, especially if you suspect a TBI may be possible.

After seeking medical treatment, you need to protect your legal rights and pursue compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of Tim Misny—we are experienced with motorcycle accident cases and can guide you through the legal process. This typically involves investigating the circumstances of the accident, gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies and potentially litigating the case in court.

Discuss your accident claim with an Ohio personal injury lawyer right away

The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your accident claim. When you’re the victim of negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (877) 614-9524 so that I can evaluate your case right away.