Some motorcyclists in Minnesota dutifully wear a helmet every time they hit the road. However, others are not so cautious and ride without wearing a helmet. This is very dangerous, as motorcyclists have a high risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury if struck by an automobile.
A person could suffer a TBI if they experience a sudden jolt or blow to the head. Thus, if a motorcyclist is hit by a car, the impact of the collision could force them to go flying off their bike, landing in the street. This could lead to head injuries, and, while wearing a helmet may help, even helmeted motorcyclists could suffer a TBI if the crash is bad enough.
Motorcycle accidents can be deadly. In fact, according to one report, the main cause of death for motorcyclists is brain injuries resulting from the motorcyclist's head hitting the road. Even if they are lucky enough to survive, it is not always easy to spot a TBI. While it may seem obvious that someone with a cracked skull or someone who cannot speak well following a crash has suffered a TBI, sometimes the symptoms do not manifest until days or even weeks after the collision.
So, even though helmets can save lives, even a helmeted motorcyclist can suffer injuries in an accident. Treating a TBI can be a long, extensive process. Victims of TBIs may need significant medical care, rehabilitation and may miss time from work, resulting in lost wages. They may also experience pain and suffering and emotional trauma. Therefore, motorcyclists injured in crashes caused by negligent drivers may want to determine what their options are for holding that driver accountable for their actions.