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We talk with many patients who’ve been dealt a devastating blow in a motorcycle crash in Orlando. Some of the most heartbreaking cases we encounter are those involving people who’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of their collision. These injuries are more common in motorcycle accidents than in other types of motor vehicle crashes because the head is less protected. There are many types of TBIs, with some being far more severe than others.

The following are some of the most common outcomes of a TBI:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Cognitive disability
  • Coma
  • Behavioral problems
  • Lack of concentration
  • Headaches
  • Seizures

Oftentimes, these outcomes could have been prevented if the motorcyclist (or the passenger) had been wearing a helmet. While Florida law does not require that a helmet be worn in all cases (though it does in some circumstances), it’s always a good idea to be properly equipped when you get on board a motorcycle.

In fact, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma conducted a recent review of studies that evaluated the ability of helmets to reduce injuries and mortality in motorcycle accidents. The review revealed that wearing a helmet not only decreases the incidence of lethal head injuries and the severity of nonlethal head injuries, but the use of a helmet also lowers mortality rates among motorcycle riders. This is enough for us to recommend wearing a helmet during each and every bike ride, regardless of the distance traveled.