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Proper Use of Motorcycle Helmets Prevents Chicago Brain Injuries

April 25, 2019

Chicago motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and may lead to severe head injuries, which are sometimes fatal. In fact, a brain injury is the leading cause of death following a motorcycle crash. With less external protection for travellers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists are twenty-one times more likely to die in an accident and four times more likely to suffer injury than those travelling in automobiles. For survivors, the long term side effects of Chicago head traumas include potential physical, cognitive, sensory and behavioral issues. Prevention is truly the only cure for a traumatic brain injury.

Fortunately for riders, the use of a helmet can prevent or reduce the severity of a Chicago traumatic brain injury. The injury occurs as result of the brain striking the skull or violently shaking following a rapid deceleration, acceleration, or collision. A motorcycle helmet offers a protective barrier between the head of the rider and the surface or object that it impacts with during a crash.

Advantages of using a motorcycle helmet to prevent a Chicago head trauma include:

  • Reduced likelihood of dying from a motorcycle wreck

A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that motorcyclists improved their chance of survival from an accident by 37% by wearing a motorcycle helmet.

  • Reduced likelihood of suffering a Chicago brain injury

According to the Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System, wearing a helmet prevents a head trauma in 67% of motorcycle accidents. Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe and include concussion, contusion, epidural hematoma, and subdural hematoma.

  • Reduced long term medical costs

Treatment for Chicago traumatic brain injuries ranges from over-the-counter pain medication to in-patient physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Long term medical expenses following the motorcycle wreck are extremely expensive and include the costs of medical care and lost income. Properly using a helmet can reduce the severity of the brain injury, thereby decreasing the associated long term costs.

For more information, contact a Chicago brain injury attorney experienced in handling the legal issues surrounding head trauma. For a complimentary consultation, fill out our online form or call our office at (847) 651-7191.

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