Motorcycle Accidents & Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015, 4,976 people were killed in motorcycle crashes. If we look into the details of the head injuries that are caused by motorcycle accidents, then of all the two million head injuries that occur every year, nearly 28% of them are caused by motor vehicle accidents.

Motorcyclists are more prone to injuries than other motorists, especially head injuries when they get involved in an accident. Sadly, traumatic brain injuries that are caused by motorcycle accidents can entail a lifetime of difficult consequences for an affected person and their loved ones.

Motorists should know about the symptoms that are associated with different traumatic brain injuries so that those injured in accidents can receive proper treatment quickly.


A concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. It can be caused by a direct blow to the head a motorcyclist suffers during an accident. Concussion can be caused by both open and closed head injuries. It is tricky to diagnose a concussion because it may not show up in the diagnostic imaging tests. There are certain symptoms that one should look out for after a motor cycle accident.

Concussion Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness and inability to remember the accident
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Temporary loss of consciousness

These symptoms appear immediately after you suffer a concussion but there are other symptoms as well that may appear after hours and days of the injury. This may include:

  • Gradual loss of concentration and memory
  • Irritability and other behavioral changes
  • Increased sensitivity to lights and noises
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Olfactory and taste disorders

If you experience any of those symptoms after an accident then you should immediately consult a doctor.


A contusion is a region of injured tissues where blood capillaries have been ruptured. In contrast to a concussion, it is a localized injury and its degree can vary from minor to life threatening in nature.

A blow with a sharp object on the head during an accident can cause contusions. There may be minor to severe pain and swelling in the area of the head which was struck. Contusions can also occur without exhibiting any physical signs so there are other symptoms that should one look for to ensure that there is no contusion present after an accident.

Contusion Symptoms

  • Cognitive and personality changes
  • Difficulty controlling of movement
  • Localized tingling and numbness
  • Problems in focusing attention

Diffuse Axonal Injury

Diffuse axonal injury is the type of traumatic brain injury that results from strong shaking and rotation of the head. This produces a shearing force on the brain cells and tissues which cause them to slide over each other. This type of brain injury can cause very grave consequences.


Diffuse axonal injury has one defining symptom where the affected person gets unconsciousness or even fall in coma depending on the severity of the injury.

Get Immediate Help from a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident which was not your fault, you need to explore your legal right to file a claim for financial damages. Don’t be stuck with the bill when someone else causes you harm through carelessness. Call the trusted Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jacob Emrani to discuss your case as soon as possible.

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