On the highways and rural roads of Pennsylvania, bicyclists and motorcyclists share space with much larger motor vehicles in pursuit of the pleasures that their modes of transportation bring. These enthusiasts’ love for the open road is tempered, however, with the knowledge that inherent in each ride is the risk of serious harm, including a traumatic brain injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, crashes involving motor vehicles, bicycles, and motorcycles are the cause of most TBIs, with 1.5 million people suffering a traumatic brain injury each year. They are often left with life-altering disabilities which for a time, or in some cases permanently, render them unable to continue their lives as they existed before the accident.
The existence of a traumatic brain injury following a catastrophic crash may be masked by a variety of symptoms. However, an early diagnosis is of paramount importance if additional injuries arising from the brain trauma are to be prevented. Symptoms ranging from confusion, inability to concentrate and vision problems to dizziness and fainting could be indications that an accident victim has suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Following the accident, medical intervention should be immediately sought. Depending upon the severity of the injury, treatment may range from monitoring and prescription of pain relievers in mild cases, to hospitalization and anti-seizure medications when the injuries are more critical.
Injured victims will undoubtedly be focused on getting the medical, rehabilitative, and assistive care needed to get their lives back on track. If the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, they may want to leave the process of seeking compensation for their losses in the hands of a personal injury attorney.