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Drivers on the road do not always pay attention. This fact is evident in the number of accidents every day. Whether such incidents are due to texting and driving, becoming distracted or daydreaming behind the wheel, drivers are lucky to come home unscathed.

Motorcyclists need even more luck. In a report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, Connecticut saw 51 motorcycle fatalities in 2017. Those who come away from a motorcycle accident alive can still have injuries ranging from road rash to a traumatic brain injury.

The risk of traumatic brain injury

To wear a helmet or not to wear a helmet, that is the question. The subject stirs controversy in any state. Although wearing a helmet decreases the chance of a TBI, it can still occur whatever the rider’s choices.

A TBI is a blow to the head that disturbs the natural brain processes. There is a chance of bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and pressure on the brain.

Signs of a severe TBI

 TBI symptoms may appear within the first hours or days after a blow to the head. They can be both physical and mental:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent headache
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of one or both eyes
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech

Aftermath of a TBI

 Surviving a traumatic brain injury may still drastically change the life of a motorcyclist. Problems can range from cognitive issues such as memory and learning to physical troubles like dizziness, ringing in the ears and loss of smell or vision. Other difficulties may include emotional and behavioral changes, sensory problems and issues with socializing.

Traumatic brain injuries can result in long-term effects for you and your family. Not only medical but monetary issues arise from an accident. Medical bills and time off work can put you in a bind. As a motorcyclist, always wear your protective gear. It may save your life or your lifestyle.