motorcycle accident?

by San Antonio Attorney

In general, do most people that have been involved in a serious motorcycle accident experience a form of mild traumatic brain injury?  If they happen to, will most of them have a full recovery?

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Ride on April 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Yes, but thank God, if I did not get a little brain damage from crashing, I may have had the good sense to give up riding.
No chance of that happening now! The voices tell me I must ride. Can you hear them?

randy c April 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Most accidents cause “road rash” and trauma. If you are not wearing a helmet, the number one cause of death on a motorcycle is head trauma. With a helmet, no, I can’t say that I have heard of brain trauma being the major injury, more so than say, in a car accident. Yes, it does happen, but wearing a helmet saves lives. Check out the actor Gary Busey. He was anti helmet. He had a motorcycle accident, was dead at least once and revived, now suffers from brain damage that won’t get better. Yes, when riding alone, I go with out a helmet some times. It is legal in my state. If I am going on the highway, or heavy traffic, I wear one. If my wife is riding with me, we both wear one. I’m not leaving my kids without both parents.

PhDOrgChem April 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I lived with my father who experienced something similar to this. The short answer is …….MAYBE. It depends as to where the injury is on the brain and the extent of the damage as well as the age and physical condition of the individual prior to the accident. Depending on how the individual hit or was hit the head can incurr a tremendous amount of injury or just a little. That said, recovery can be a long process depending on what area of the brain was impacted. Speech, cognitive thought, motor skills etc can be impaired ……it may come back – it may not. Some can recover completely and others will not get 50% back. It really is situational dependent…I would suggest that you consult your doctor and get a neurologist involved that specializes in cranial trauma and have this discussion with them directly. Remember to have your CT or MRI data forwarded to them prior to going so they have time to look over it all to make an informed decision. They might be able to suggest some specific therapies that would work to overcome the current level of defficiencies that you are seeing. It might not be a short road….Always be supportive and do your best to help them to help themselves. Remember…..they have to work at it to recover…you can’t do that for them.

steven a April 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm

In my experience, the most common injuries in a motorcycle acceidents are moderate to severe abrasions (“road rash”) joint injuries (sprains and tears) and broken bones usualy to ankles and wrists. I have one friend who lost his leg below the knee and another friend who is parilized from the neck down. Both of these individuals were involved in acceidents with other vehicals. I also had two friends who were killed. One was involved with another vehical and the other was not. Both of them died of head injuries. So, in my experience (30+yrs) I haven’t seen many mild head injuries. Statisticly that dosen’t mean much but it’s all I’ve got for you.

barry m April 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Yes, you will be fine and don’t worry your not going to have any memory loss…….What was the question again?

chopperchopster April 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm

hit a car at 45 M.P.H. lost my left leg abd almost died from head injury, I have a memory problem but I still ride and no I dont wear A helmet.

Firecracker April 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I did. I think.
Being alive gives me the opportunity to blame age.
Was it the knock to the skull, or Alzheimer’s?
I don’t remember.
The voices are quieter now.

Jim! April 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Yep, mainly the ones without helmets.

On the other side of the coin, people riding with helmets get more broken necks.

When looking at the statistics (and how they are manipulated), my best judgement is the helmet is slightly safer.

Mild brain trauma is generally recoverable, with slight, if any permanent effects.

bikernoj April 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Depends on the accident.

All gear does is give you a FAR better chance of surviving than without. If you ride stupidly, nothing will save you; just like side curtain airbags and antilock brakes won’t do any good if you drive off a cliff.

The best piece of protective equipment is between the rider’s ears.

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