Warmer weather here in Colorado often brings people out of their homes after a long winter. For those who ride motorcycles more for fun than utility, it is also a time to get out and ride. Sadly, this means that the warmer weather also brings the potential for motorcycle accidents that could easily result in serious injuries.
One of the most potentially debilitating injuries you could suffer in a motorcycle crash is a traumatic brain injury. The first, second and third most common causes of these injuries are falls, hits by an object (blunt force trauma) and motor vehicle accidents, respectively, unless you are age 24 or under, then a car crash moves to number one. As you can imagine, you could suffer all three of these simultaneously during an impact with a vehicle. You could fall off your motorcycle, hit your head on any number of objects and surfaces all while in a motor vehicle accident.
In some cases, a helmet can protect you, but not always. You could escape with a mild concussion, or you could find yourself suffering from a serious TBI. The problem is you might not know right away.
The true extent of a head injury may not be known for days after the initial injury. Even a headache could indicate a much larger problem. For this reason, it is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident.
It is not uncommon for motorcycle accidents to cause TBIs since you have little protection from the elements. You could need substantial time off from work, medical care and help as you recover. The expenses associated with your injuries could leave you wondering how you will survive financially during this time. Fortunately, Colorado law provides you with a potential avenue for the pursuit of restitution if you believe the other party's actions caused your injuries.