If you talk with a long time motorcycle rider, you will likely hear the great passion many share for the open road. Many riders find their most peaceful moments taking their bikes out on a stretch of rural road, a mountain that has broad vistas and few people. Whether it is the North Atlanta Lake Run or the Lumpkin Loop, which are among the many Sunday morning rides featured in our state, Georgia motorcycle riders have many options for wonderful open road rides. Most riders agree that their motorcycles bring them fun and relaxation. Whether riding on the open road or on a busy highway, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to accident or injury and sometimes that injury includes what is called Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI.
In some motorcycle accidents, TBI’s can be less severe or avoided by wearing a helmet. Although some riders prefer to ride without a helmet, this is not the law in our state. Under Georgia law, motorcycle riders and operators must wear a helmet. In addition, eye protection must be worn if the motorcycle is not equipped with a windshield. Our law is intended to protect riders from injury. Even with a helmet, some bike accidents result in TBI due to the nature of the crash, the velocity of the vehicles involved and sometimes the road itself. Traumatic brain injury can result from many types of motorcycle crashes including intersection accidents and highway accidents. TBI’s can differ both in severity and in prognosis and can vary from mild, to moderate to severe. A mild TBI can still be debilitating. It can cause serious symptoms that interfere with daily life such as headache, dizziness and confusion. More severe TBI can result in long term challenges such as changes in cognitive and physical function. Continue reading