An Alabama motorcycle accident resulted in a teenager being seriously injured. The teenager had to have surgery to remove part of his skull. He suffered brain damage, a clot in his lung, and other serious injuries. The family members of the motorcyclist believe that a car or truck rear-ended the teenager at an intersection. Unfortunately, brain injuries are common in motorcycle accidents. Wearing a helmet reduces the probability that the motorcyclist will suffer brain injury, but it does not completely protect them.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
A traumatic brain injury happens when external force injures a person’s brain. In some cases, the head is struck by an object, causing an open or closed head injury. A sudden impact to the body can also cause a brain injury. For example, the force in a motorcycle accident can cause a person’s brain to collide with the skull, resulting in swelling or bleeding that leads to a brain injury.
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Traumatic Brain Injuries are Often Associated With Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents frequently result in traumatic brain injury, especially when the motorcyclist is thrown from the motorcycle. Depending on whether or not the skull was grazed during the collision or the head was hit, the brain can suffer different types of injuries. The motorcyclist can suffer swelling, bruising, or an actual puncture. Traumatic brain injuries can also have a physical impact on a person that results in financial losses. These types of brain injuries can range from minor concussions to life changing and long-term disabilities, including the following:
- Loss of cognitive skills
- Changes in personality
- Memory loss
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Headache that persists or worsens
- Tunnel vision or blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of concentration
- Excessive fatigue
- Problems with motor coordination
- Short-term and long-term memory deficit
Damages Available in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
For many victims of traumatic brain injuries, dealing with lifelong limitations becomes the new normal. Every patient with a traumatic brain injury experiences a different combination of symptoms. These symptoms can cause significant emotional, financial, and physical challenges. Suppose you have been injured in a traumatic brain injury, and the injury was caused by someone else’s reckless, careless, or intentionally harmful actions. In that case, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance settlement.
Proving Liability in a Motorcycle Accident
Under Alabama law, a person whose wrongful actions harm another person is legally liable for damages. The person who caused the injuries is responsible for paying compensation to the person who suffered the injuries. We recommend speaking to an attorney as soon as possible after your motorcycle accident. Your attorney will need time to investigate the causes of the accident and gather evidence. Determining who is liable depends on the facts in your case.
The other driver who collided with your motorcycle could be liable for your injuries. Perhaps they fail to yield the right away to you or turn left into your path. In other cases, the employer of the driver who collided with you may be liable for the actions of their negligent employee. You may have a right to bring a lawsuit against the employer in that case. Government entities that failed to keep the road safe and maintained could also be liable. Finally, if a defective part in your motorcycle caused the accident, you may have a right to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
When you work with Heninger Garrison Davis, you can rest assured that we will use our resources and skills to investigate your case thoroughly. When necessary, we will work with an accident reconstruction specialist who can help us determine and prove who is at fault for your injuries. You do not have to go through the claims process alone. Working with an attorney can help you maximize your compensation.
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Contact an Alabama Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Alabama, you need skilled legal representation. Traumatic brain injuries are among the most serious types of injuries and can cause lifetime impairments. The attorneys at Heninger Garrison Davis will evaluate your case and help you understand all of your legal options. We have secured millions in compensation for clients who have been injured by negligent drivers. Contact Heninger Garrison Davis today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal rights.