Everyone knows the dangers of motorcycle accidents. We see the major accidents a few times a month splashed across the headlines, and we often see alarming statistics about fatalities.
For motorcycle riders, one danger that is often forgotten is traumatic brain injuries.
Why are TBIs forgotten?
TBIs are often forgotten because they are invisible. This is why they are seldom discussed outside of medical circles and rarely at biker rallies.
What are they?
TBIs are injuries that occur to your brain as a result of any violent jolt or impact to your body or head. These jolts and impacts cause brain bruising, bleeding, tissue tears and other physical injuries.
How do you know if you have one?
Unfortunately, you may not. The physical symptoms of a TBI can be easily misconstrued, especially if your TBI is not significant.
The most common symptom is a headache, but many adults have headaches every day. Indeed, one may chalk up a persistent headache after a motorcycle accident to the stress of dealing with the aftermath.
After all, you just lost your motorcycle. It is going to cause stress.
Other physical symptoms
Other physical symptoms include nausea, drowsiness, vomiting and fatigue. You may also find keeping your balance hard, along with odd speech issues, like garbled speech that sounds fine to you.
There are other sensory symptoms, like blurred vision, a persistent bad taste in your mouth, odd smells and ringing in your ears. You may also notice light and sound sensitivity.
You may also experience mental, behavioral and cognitive symptoms. This could be an immediate loss of consciousness after the impact, and a feeling of disorientation or confusion when you wake up.
Next, you may notice concentration and memory problems, including mood swings, anxiety, depression, etc.
Discuss your injuries with your Texas attorney to make sure your personal injury lawsuit takes into account the full extent of your damages.