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Motorcycle Brain Injury

Motorcycle Helmets Are Important in Saving Lives

Motorcycle helmets for service personnel are required when riding on base and the statistics prove how important they are for the rider that is involved in a motorcycle crash. The statistics, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show:

•    Motorcycle helmets reduce fatal injuries by 29 percent and wearing a DOT approved helmet can reduce traumatic brain injuries during a motorcycle crash by approximately 67 percent.
•    Motorcycle riders that do not wear a helmet are three times more apt to suffer traumatic brain injuries over those riders that do wear a helmet.
•    Riders that wear helmets are 73 percent less likely to suffer fatal brain injuries.
•    Riders wearing helmets are 85 percent less likely to suffer severe or critical head injuries.
•    The NHTSA estimated that between 1984 and 1996 helmets saved the lives of approximately 7,940 motorcycle riders that could have been fatally injured. In 1996 there is an estimated 490 motorcyclists lives that were saved due to wearing helmets.

Why Helmets Save Lives

Motorcycle helmets save lives due to the hard outer shell that has been designed to distribute the force of the impact when a rider is involved in a motorcycle crash. The motorcycle helmet protects the skull and the crushable inner liner of the helmet limits the force of the impact during a crash. These features of the designs of approved motorcycle helmets help to prevent fatal brain injuries, traumatic brain injuries and debilitating head injuries.

Motorcycle helmets that are not DOT approved cannot provide the complete protection against traumatic brain injuries or fatal head injuries. Wearing helmets by motorcycle riders that are National Guard, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Marine’s or Air Force is a requirement by the military in an attempt to save lives of motorcycle riders that are members of the military.

Motorcycle Accident Brain Injuries

Motorcycle accidents cause devastating injuries every year in the U.S..  Motorcycles are an increasingly popular form of transportation, and even people in military service are enjoying motorcycles more often.  Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are also an increasing cause of injuries to military service men and women each year.  While the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy all require that their members wear helmets as drivers or passengers of motorcycles, head injuries are still a common form of injury.  Unfortunately, head injuries quite commonly result in brain injuries and closed head injuries, those that result from an accident but do not include a fractured or breached skull.  It is important for every motorcyclist, including military, to understand closed head fractures and resulting brain injuries.

Brain trauma and closed head injuries are often underestimated by the victim immediately after an accident.  Often, symptoms may not develop externally for hours or even days no matter how serious the injuries are internally.  The lack of an obvious fracture or lacerations may mislead the victim and the attending first responders into believe that injuries are mild.  This type of assumption can be dangerous, even fatal.  Any suspicion of head injury at all, even just a simple headache, should be treated with utmost respect and urgency.  Once symptoms appear, some of the following might be noted:

•    Headaches
•    Loss of consciousness
•    Dizziness
•    Nausea
•    Ringing in the ears
•    Change of personality
•    Lack of focus
•    Loss of memory

Rather than just trusting first-responders to evaluate the possible injuries, a victim should be transferred to a more appropriate facility such as a hospital or appropriately staffed urgent care center with neurology staff and equipment.  Proper evaluation of closed head injuries requires a specialist team and specific imaging techniques such as x-rays and MRIs.  The patient should not be considered safely stable until all brain traumas have been ruled out.  Failing to do so may result in undetected contusions, swelling, or tears in the delicate vessels of the brain, resulting in possible bleeding and pressure on the brain.

Treatment for brain trauma and closed head injuries from motorcycle accidents is just as complicated, extensive, and expensive as evaluation, and more so.  Treatment often requires multiple specialists, therapy, rehabilitation, and sometimes even psychological intervention. 

If you or your loved one is in the military and is the victim of a motorcycle accident possibly resulting in closed head injuries or brain trauma, Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm can help you or your loved one receive full medical care and recompense for all losses resulting from the accident and injuries.  Michael Ehline has a particular understanding of the needs of military service men and women and their families because he himself is a US Marine.  Additionally, Michael Ehline is a motorcyclist and understands the types of injuries that result from motorcycle accidents and how to appropriately represent the victims of such accidents in court.

Ehline Law Firm PC has offices conveniently located throughout California, near to many military bases including but not limited to March Air Reserve Base, Fort Irwin by San Bernardino, Oakland by ISC Alameda, MCRD San Diego, and in San Diego convenient to the Naval Medical Center.  If you would like more information, please call a brain injury attorney today at 1-888-400-9721.

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