What is the Most Common Cause of Death in Motorcycle Crashes?

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Brain Injuries Are Far Too Common in Motorcycle Crashes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the most common cause of death after a motorcycle accident. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 5,014 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2019 — a concerning statistic.

Sadly, motorcycle accidents are often fatal, and the most common cause of death in these crashes is traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Motorcyclists have little to no protection against other vehicles or objects on the road. When a motorcycle collides with another object, the rider can be thrown from the bike and suffer severe brain and other catastrophic injuries. These injuries can be life-threatening and may require long-term care.

How Do Brain Injuries Cause Death?

Traumatic brain injuries can be fatal for several reasons, but brain swelling is the most common death-related cause of TBIs. The brain can swell up significantly after a head injury, leading to compression of the brainstem. The brainstem controls vital functions such as breathing and heart rate so compression can be life-threatening.

Additionally, bleeding in the brain can cause pressure on brain tissue and lead to death. TBIs can also cause seizures, leading to respiratory arrest or cardiac arrest. Brain damage may be so extensive that death is inevitable in the most severe cases.

What are the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury?

People who survive a TBI may face the following life-long challenges:

  • Seizures
  • Memory loss
  • Problems with speech or communication
  • Changes in personality or mood
  • Difficulty with coordination and balance
  • Blindness or impaired vision
  • Deafness or impaired hearing
  • Paralysis or inability to move certain body parts

The sooner you receive treatment, the better your chances of recovering from a TBI. You may also need long-term care and rehabilitation services to help you cope with the effects of the brain injury.

Did You Suffer a Brain Injury in a Motorcycle Crash? We Can Help.

Suffering a brain injury after a motorcycle crash is devastating and can come with many challenges. Not only must victims worry about healing from their injuries, but the financial burdens from medical care can add more stress to the situation. Know that help is available, and you have the right to hold the negligent parties responsible for your injuries accountable for their careless actions.

Learn if you are eligible to obtain financial compensation for your losses. Schedule a consultation with an attorney at Grewal Law PLLC by calling (888) 211-5798 today.

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