The uncertain reality of a TBI after a motorcycle crash

Motorcycle accidents usually result in severe injuries for victims in Tennessee. Factors that may affect victims’ outcome include their age, whether or not they wore protective gear, their skill level and the circumstances surrounding their accident. 

Unfortunately, a majority of motorcycle accidents happen because of negligence on the part of other drivers. Motorcyclists left to deal with a TBI face a lifetime of difficulty. 

Split-second reaction

When motorcyclists encounter a driver barreling toward them at a high rate of speed, they often have little to no time to react. Skilled riders may fare better if they have enough time to lay down their bike, but even then, it is sometimes not enough to prevent serious injury. According to the National Safety Council, the most common reasons motorists crash into motorcycles include the following: 

  • They fail to see a motorcycle due to distraction 
  • They fail to see a motorcycle because of its smaller size 
  • They fail to notice a motorcycle because of blind spots or other cars on the road 
  • They fail to properly anticipate a motorcycle’s movement 

Because of the split-second chance to react, many motorcycle collisions happen with extreme force. Because of the exposure motorcyclists face on a bike, their body is at a much higher risk of severe injury especially if they do not wear proper safety gear. As a result, motorcycle crashes often result in severe or fatal injuries. 

Lifelong diagnosis

A TBI, regardless of its severity, is a lifelong condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a TBI may shorten a person’s lifespan by 9 years because it increases their susceptibility to many other health risks including seizures, infections and pneumonia. 

33 percent of TBI patients rely on a caretaker to help them with day-to-day activities. As such, the impact of a TBI extends beyond victims and to their families who must learn to balance the financial and emotional challenges of caring for a disabled loved one.