When drivers do not devote their full attention to the road, they may easily neglect to notice a smaller vehicle such as a motorcycle. Motorcycles, unfortunately, are not only smaller and less visible than other vehicles, they are also far less protected. With less protection, motorcycle riders are at high risk of suffering injuries. This renders motorcycle riding doubly dangerous -- riders are more likely to be involved in accidents and are at greater risk of injury. In some tragic cases, these injuries can be debilitating --especially when head trauma is involved.
Though brain injuries can happen to anyone at just about any time -- regardless of the activity -- motorcycle riding puts riders at great risk of suffering these debilitating injuries. This is especially true when a rider neglects to wear a helmet. Thankfully, in Tennessee, many lives are saved by helmets. 46 Tennesseans were saved by helmets in motorcycle accidents in 2010. This number is higher than the national average of 36. Helmets can be so helpful, in fact, that the Center for Disease Control estimates that they reduce the risk of brain injury by 69 percent.
Even with helmet use and other safety precautions, brain injuries are still unfortunately common. In Tennessee alone, 8,000 people are taken to hospitals with traumatic brain injuries. 1.7 million people suffer brain injuries every year in U.S.
Brain injuries are a risk for everyone -- but especially so for motorcyclists. When a motorcycle rider suffers a debilitating brain injury as the result of a motorcycle crash involving a negligent driver, that rider's life may be forever changed. While suffering with this affliction, they should not also have to suffer with myriad medical expenses. In some cases, it may be appropriate to pursue compensation for the costs associated with the accident by taking legal action against the negligent party.
Source: WCTV, "Motorcyclist Dies Following Crash On Tennessee Street," March 27, 2014