Many states, including California, require that all motorcyclists wear helmets. Many tend to develop a false sense of security by wearing them. They sometimes tend to operate their motorcycles more recklessly than they should, thinking that their helmet will protect them if they’re involved in any serious crash. Few understand how vulnerable they are to suffering some of the most life-altering types of injuries.
Head and traumatic brain injuries
One of the primary reasons California state lawmakers have instituted laws requiring motorcyclists and their passengers to wear helmets is because they do save lives. It’s important to remember that they only can help so much, though. It’s still possible for them to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when their brain shifts within their skull.
TBIs can take the form of minor concussions, injuries that may cause temporary impairments, to something more severe like blunt force trauma, which can leave a victim with a permanent loss of essential cognitive functions. Individuals who suffer the latter are likely to need around-the-clock care from their loved ones for the rest of their lives.
Neck and spine injuries
Other injuries that motorcyclists who wear helmets are vulnerable to are neck and spine injuries. Researchers have long questioned whether the impact-resistant material that lines helmets restricts the movement of a motorcyclist’s head too much, making them more vulnerable to suffering cervical neck injuries.
While some back injuries motorcyclists may suffer can be improved by wearing a back brace, others may leave bikers paralyzed and needing long-term, dedicated care.
Although rarely spoken of, motorcyclists are also vulnerable to suffering eye injuries. These are most apt to occur if a rock, piece of metal or other debris flies off a truck or is lifted off the pavement by a vehicle while motorists are traveling at a high rate of speed.
While Los Angeles motorcyclists can reduce their risk of injury by wearing a helmet with a visor or sunglasses, few do. This can result in a biker becoming blind.
Drunk, distracted, fatigued, inexperienced, drugged and reckless driving are among the many reasons why serious crashes between cars and motorcycles occur in California. When it comes time to recover compensation for your injuries, a motorcycle accidents attorney who has experience in litigating a broad range of crash cases is who you’ll want representing you.