If you’re over the age of 18 in Arizona, you’re allowed to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. While it’s nice to feel the wind in your hair and have the freedom of movement that you don’t enjoy without a helmet, it’s still usually a good idea to wear one. However, you need to be aware that even with a helmet on, you still run the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury in the event of motorcycle accidents.
Our Phoenix area lawyers have helped many people after motorcycle accidents—including those who didn’t even realize they had a traumatic brain injury until they experienced life-changing symptoms.
How You Can Get a TBI in a Motorcycle Accident
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by direct impact, such as hitting your head on the pavement during a motorcycle accident, but they can also be caused by small bumps and jolts to the head.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know
Some symptoms of TBI occur immediately, but others might not occur until days or weeks after a motorcycle accident.
If you’ve suffered from a traumatic brain injury, you might experience:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Loss of coordination
- Numbness and tingling in the arms or legs
- Difficulty sleeping or difficulty waking up
- Light and sound sensitivity
This isn’t a complete list, and only a doctor can diagnose you with a mild, moderate, or severe TBI. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and you’re experiencing these symptoms or any other strange symptoms, please see your physician right away.
Talking to Your Attorney about TBI
Make sure that your personal injury lawyer knows as much as possible about the circumstances surrounding your motorcycle accidents. Keep in mind that many symptoms of TBI don’t appear right away; you might start experiencing symptoms several weeks after an accident, so pay attention to your body and what it’s telling you. And make sure your lawyer knows if there are any new developments in your physical condition.
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