Motorbike accidents occur in a range of different places and circumstances. Motorbike accidents can happen at high speeds on motorways or at low speeds in a car park; they can happen in the country or in a town. Motorbike accidents can occur because of the driving of other road-users, defects in the road surface such as ‘potholes’, collisions with animals, or the actions of pillion passengers. However, regardless of how the accident occurred, the injuries incurred are often significant.
Head Injuries as a result of Motorbike Accident
A motorbike rider obviously has just two wheels and none of the protection from a metal shell that car drivers benefit from. Thus when involved in an accident motorbike riders suffer:
- Injuries to their hands and fingers
- Elbow injuries
- Injuries to their back and/or shoulders
- Head Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Bruises, Scrapes and Grazes
Often these injuries vary greatly in degree so that some can be treated with merely a plaster whilst others will require skin grafts. The most significant injuries are those to the head and brain. A motorbike accident often results in a head injury or brain injury due to the nature of the impact that occurs when a motorbike collides with another vehicle.
It is not uncommon for motorbike riders involved in an accident to lose consciousness. This is often concerning not only as to whether a head injury or brain injury has been sustained but is also distressing for the motorbike rider who is unable to recall the events immediately prior to the collision and the actual moment of impact.
Medical Treatment for your Motorbike Accident Injuries
It is important that any motorbike rider who is involved in an accident fully considers the extent of their injuries and explains these in detail to their doctor and solicitor. It is imperative that it is always considered whether or not a head injury or brain injury has been sustained. It cannot be assumed that simply because the A&E notes do not refer to a head injury or brain injury that none has occurred. The A&E staff are often preoccupied with dealing with other more obvious, and sometimes life threatening, injuries and so a head injury or brain injury can often be overlooked.
In determining whether or not a head injury or brain injury has been sustained it is important to assess the level and extent of that injury. The victim of the motorbike accident and their family should consider the occurrence of any of the symptoms listed below in determining whether or not a head injury or brain injury has been sustained:
- Loss of consciousness
- Long-term memory problems
- Short-term memory problems
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Organisational skills
- Problems with prioritising
- Increased tiredness
- Issues with concentration
- Loss of their sense of smell
- Loss of co-ordination skills
It is often the family and those closest to the person involved in the motorbike accident who realise that their loved one may have incurred a head injury or brain injury. It is very rarely the motorbike rider themselves who realise they have sustained a head injury or brain injury. It is therefore important that following any accident it is those who know them best that provide care for the injured motorbike rider. This ensures that if there is any sign of a head injury or brain injury it is diagnosed sooner rather than later.
Legal Advice following a Motorbike Accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorbike accident you should consider contacting a solicitor to discuss any potential claim you have. At HeadInjuryUK our specialist head injury and brain injury solicitors recognise that the consequences of a motorbike accident go beyond the physical injuries and can result in the loss of a hobby and even the loss of employment. HeadInjuryUK solicitors will deal with not only compensation but also any rehabilitative requirements or assessments that those involved in a motorbike accident may need. HeadInjuryUK solicitors are experienced at handling claims for both drivers and pillion passengers involved in motorbike accidents.
Specialist Motorbike Accident LawyersIf you would like to discuss a possible claim please contact HeadInjuryUK who are specialist head injury and brain injury solicitors. HeadInjuryUk solicitors will be able to offer you further free advice and information on claiming compensation.