What Is the Major Cause of Death in Texas Motorcycle Accidents?
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As a motorcyclist, you face a much higher risk for injury and death than the drivers and passengers of cars and trucks. While riding a motorcycle, whether for sport or transportation, can be an exciting way to get around, it leaves your body vulnerable to the impact of collision. Without the steel shell of a vehicle surrounding you, you have little chance to avoid such impacts. Those impacts can result in a range of injuries that can lead to days, weeks, months, or even years of pain, discomfort, and various forms of physical and mental disability.
By their very nature, motorcycles are much less safe than a closed vehicle. They are also difficult to see by other motorists who often say when involved in a crash that the motorcyclist was not visible to them. Motorcycles are less stable on the road and require a different skillset in terms of both physical and mental competence. Add to this that riders are more exposed to the weather and to road conditions and the hazards of riding a motorcycle become all too apparent.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in or around Fort Worth due to negligence, call the Law Office of James M. Stanley at (817) 591-4222} for a free consultation.
More About Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
The fact that motorcyclists are more likely to be killed or injured in a traffic accident has been documented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This agency has noted that motorcyclists have a 27 times higher risk of death in crashes than do the occupants of passenger cars. They also note that helmets are important in saving the lives of motorcyclists. This is because head injuries are a leading cause of fatality for motorcyclists involved in a crash. When colliding with another vehicle and thrown, the impact is injurious to the head. Even with a helmet, you can suffer a head injury from the impact although it will likely be much less severe.
No matter the circumstances, head injuries are always serious and should always be checked out by medical professionals. These injuries can range from mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries that carry a high risk of death. A traumatic brain injury is one that causes serious damage to the brain from a blow such as an impact. It can lead to bleeding in or around the brain, bruising or tearing of brain tissue, inflammation of the brain, and other types of brain damage that can have devastating consequences.
Consequences of brain damage can include:
- Headaches, both mild and severe
- Nausea and vomiting
- Memory loss
- Loss of consciousness
- Confusion or agitation
- Mood swings
- Learning disabilities
- Atrophy of the brain
- An increased risk for medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia
- Insomnia or other sleep problems
- Sensory issues, such as blurry vision, sensitivity to sound or light
- Cognitive issues
- Loss of coordination
These symptoms can often last long-term and seriously disrupt your life, impacting your ability to work or resume the life you lived prior to the head injury. They may require long-term medical attention including various therapies to help you overcome the negative effects. For the unlucky ones, they may be impacted by a traumatic brain injury for life.
Texans Can Turn to the Law Office of James M. Stanley in Fort Worth
When you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle or other traffic accident due to the misconduct of someone else, you deserve compensation for your losses. At the Law Office of James M. Stanley, we have been providing skilled personal injury representation to individuals and their families since 1976. Our results have led to inclusion into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum as well as the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are proud of the quality of legal service we provide and urge you to contact our firm to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
Contact us at (817) 591-4222 for the help you need today.