Concussions are most likely the most common type of injury.
after a motorcycle accident, Unfortunately, they are one of the more commonly overlooked injuries suffered by bikers. It’s not because doctors don’t care or are inept. When there is no obvious severe head injury, broken bones, dislocations, and road rash tend to take precedence immediately following a motorcycle crash.
Even when the rider is wearing a helmet, there is almost always a violent collision between the biker’s head and the ground, resulting in a concussion. A helmet can often save a person’s life by preventing severe head injuries and protecting the skull from fractures and lacerations. Following the accident, the injured motorcycle rider will focus on the other injuries and will dismiss headaches, nausea, and dizziness as temporary. These are serious symptoms that should be reported to a doctor right away, but they frequently go unreported.
Concussions Have the Potential to Cause Psychiatric Disorders
Until the late 1990s, doctors generally distinguished concussions from traumatic brain injuries, and concussions were thought to be relatively harmless.
 Most medical professionals now agree, however, that concussions should be classified as traumatic brain injuries. Most medical professionals are also aware that even a single concussion can increase the risk of future psychiatric disorders.
Many of these disorders involve personality changes that are reported by the motorcycle rider’s family. Unfortunately, in my practice, the client rarely tells me the whole story. In the case of head injuries, a phone call from the significant other almost always alerts me to the possibility of personality changes following a motorcycle accident.
Brutal Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury is frequently caused by striking the head against a hard surface. The impact of a car accident can cause a person’s head to collide with objects such as a dashboard, windshield, window, or other car parts. This injury will be obvious and present in many cases at the time of the accident. In severe cases, the injured party may lose consciousness, experience significant confusion, or enter a coma. If none of these happen, immediate x-rays may reveal problems such as a fractured skull, subdural or epidural hematoma, or brain bleeds, which can be treated quickly.
Some brain injuries have subtler manifestations and can be difficult to identify. Symptoms frequently differ from person to person. Changes in personality or behavior may be more difficult to track or link to the car accident, but they can be an indication that the brain has been damaged. These changes can range from minor personality or temperament changes to intense depression, irritability, or an inability to regulate impulses and behaviors that were previously regulated. Many people’s symptoms go away as their brain heals, but some people never recover and require lifelong medical care.
You may experience memory and concentration impairment, a lack of motivation or drive, or an inability to make complex decisions, in addition to personality changes. These can indicate the same types of injuries and result in long-term lifestyle changes.