Motorcycles and head injuries, unfortunately, seem to go hand in hand. Earlier this month, a motorcyclist suffered a head injury as a result of an accident on an Ohio interstate.
The 79-year-old motorcyclist was with his brother at the time of the accident. However, his brother was on another motorcycle. Police officers say that the man's bike struck a tarp on the road. The officers are under the belief that the tarp fell off of a truck. After driving over the tarp, it became lodged under the motorcycle and caused the rider to go down. The man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Following the accident, the man was taken to a local hospital to treat a serious cut on his head. The hospital listed him in fair condition, but even external head injuries should be closely monitored for the possibility of brain injury.
Brain injuries are especially concerning because following an accident, victims may not exhibit outward signs of a brain injury. They may not know there is a serious problem. More subtle symptoms of a brain injury include mood swings, irritability and memory problems. It may take weeks before the symptoms manifest, making it even more difficult to link to an accident.
Even if a motorcyclist does not initially display evidence of brain trauma, it is important that family or friends closely monitor the victim in the weeks after an accident and immediately seek medical help if they observe any of the telltale signs of trauma.
Although it may be difficult to prove negligence in this case, when motorcyclists are injured because of another driver's negligence, they may be able to pursue legal action in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. After all, accident victims should not have to suffer financial setbacks as a result of another person's reckless behavior.
Source: WHIO-TV, "Motorcyclist suffers head injury in accident," June 19, 2012