In motorcycle accidents, head injuries are a major cause of death. Fortunately, helmets have proven to save many motorcyclists’ lives and are projected to save hundreds of more lives if accepted universally.
Traumatic Brain Injuries That Result in Death
TBIs, also known as traumatic brain injuries, are damages to the brain caused by trauma. Because TBI symptoms are not always immediately detectable and can develop over time, it’s in your best interest to seek medical attention immediately following a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, many symptoms caused by TBI do not indicate the severity of the injuries. Sometimes, what seems like an insignificant bump can actually be fatal if left untreated.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
People who suffer from mild TBI typically experience brain cell dysfunction. Common occurrences include passing out or feeling general disorientation without becoming unconscious. Head injuries can often make people with mild TBIs hypersensitive to light and sound. Other symptoms of TBI include headaches, nausea, and vomiting. It’s important to keep in mind that these headaches can take anywhere between weeks and years to fade away.
Also, people with TBIs often deal with sleep issues. In some cases, a person can feel drowsy throughout the day and unable to sleep at night. In others, they tend to sleep longer than usual and still wake up feeling fatigued.
Severe Brain Injury
Like those with mild head injuries, people suffering from moderate to severe TBIs often experience many of the same symptoms. However, it’s important to note that a more severe traumatic brain injury can cause slurred speech or general confusion. They may also see changes in their personality, such as aggressiveness or irritability.
On the worst end of the spectrum, severe TBI patients can experience seizures. Make sure to look out for dilated pupils in either one or both eyes. They might also communicate feeling numbness or weakness in their fingers and toes.
Traumatic Head Injury Complications
- Degenerative Brain Disorders
Those who have suffered multiple brain injuries, or one severe trauma, are at a higher risk of developing degenerative brain diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia pugilistica. Unfortunately, the effects of one’s head trauma and a degenerative brain disorder can take years to occur, and the patient will start losing simple brain functions. These include being able to control your movement, thinking, and memory.
- Personality Changes
Sometimes, severe head injuries can cause a person to behave entirely differently than before the trauma. The most noticeable personality changes following head trauma include irritability, uncontrolled anger, depression, and radical mood swings.
- Changes in Sensation
When brain tissue becomes disturbed, sensory issues can occur as a result. Things like dizziness, double vision, difficulty balancing, ringing in the ears, loss of taste or smell, and difficulty controlling hand and eye coordination are all common in those with brain injuries. While some of these issues can be resolved over time, others may have to endure these complications for years or the rest of their lives.
- Cognitive Issues
With a significant brain injury, some can have difficulties with thinking, reasoning, learning, remembering, and keeping their attention. They may also find problem-solving, organization, planning, and multitasking more complicated than it would have been before the accident.
- Medical Complications
A traumatic brain injury can cause a person to develop seizures, vertigo, and frequent headaches immediately following an accident or years after. In cases where the cranial nerves are damaged, people can suffer facial paralysis or numbness. Other medical complications following traumatic brain injuries include hearing loss, difficulty swallowing, and blindness.
- States of Consciousness
Unfortunately, some of the most major TBI complications include changes in one’s state of consciousness. For example, a motorcycle head injury can lead to extreme outcomes for the person, including falling under a coma, vegetative or minimally conscious states, or even brain death.
To learn more about the leading causes of motorcycle accident fatalities, call Leonard J. Berger, Jr. today. With over 20 years of experience, Berger Legal can help you achieve the best possible outcome and fight to protect your rights. Serving the Pittsburgh, Washington, Greensburg, Butler, and surrounding Pennsylvania communities, call Attorney Berger at 412-498-1929 today.