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Understanding the various types of brain injuries and effects

| Aug 12, 2020 | Personal Injury

Many Americans in Indiana enjoy motorcycle riding, but there are many risks because the rider is completely exposed. An accident can leave the rider with a serious brain injury. Here is an overview of the various types.

There are two categories of brain injuries: traumatic and acquired. A traumatic brain injury is caused by external force while an acquired injury is caused by an additional incident such as drowning or strangulation. An individual who suffers from a traumatic brain injury may incur a concussion, contusion or diffuse axonal injury as well as penetration injury. Concussions are the most common and are caused by direct impact trauma.

An individual who experiences an acquired brain injury may incur anoxia or hypoxic brain injury. Anoxia occurs because the brain is deprived of oxygen. Hypoxic occurs because the oxygen to the brain reaches a dangerous and low level. Helmet laws exist to protect individuals who ride motorcycles as well as others such as cyclists. If they are involved in an accident and hit their head, the helmet provides some protection to the head and brain. The helmet is not going to prevent injury 100%, however, so riders are urged to exercise caution.

A driver of a passenger vehicle can be involved in an accident as easily as a motorcycle rider, but it is more dangerous for the rider. Those who are involved in a motorcycle accident may want to contact a lawyer who practices personal injury law with a focus on road accidents. Motorcycle accidents should not be taken lightly, especially if there was the possibility of negligence by the driver. Plus, the rider of the motorcycle has the statute of limitations to also consider.