Motorcycle Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in South Carolina
At the David W. Martin Accident & Injury Lawyers, our motorcycle accident attorneys in York County are dedicated to helping injury victims pursue the financial recovery they need after a crash to help get their lives back on track.
Often, since our South Carolina motorcycle helmet laws only require operators and passengers who are under the age of 21 to wear the protective headgear authorized by the Department of Highways and Public Transportation — equipped with either a neck or chin strap and reflectors on both sides — many of our residents suffer severe or traumatic brain injuries in motorcycle collisions that can change their lives without notice.
If you or someone you love has suffered a head injury during a motorcycle collision with a negligent motorist, our Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and Greenville, South Carolina personal injury attorneys — whether you were observing your right to wear a helmet or not — we want to help you pursue the financial recovery you will need to cover your long-term medical care, rehabilitation and therapy costs, lost wages or diminished working capacity, and all additional expenses, so you can live a full life again.
What are the Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, affect everyone differently and may result in physical, behavioral, emotional, or cognitive difficulties, which can lead to significant challenges going forward.
Common signs and symptoms of physical TBI may include:
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Feelings of confusion or disorientation
- Problems with speech
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Loss or changes in smell or taste
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Loss of consciousness
- Skull fractures
Common signs and symptoms of behavioral and emotional TBI may include:
- Depression or anxiety
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Rigidity and inflexibility
- Poor judgment
- Lack of empathy
- Diminished motivation or initiative
- Impulsive behavior
- Physical outbursts
- Risky behavior
- Verbal outbursts
Common signs and symptoms of cognitive TBI may include:
- Trouble processing information
- Shortened attention span
- Memory loss
- Complications with understanding others
- Difficulty in expressing thoughts
- Impaired decision-making ability
How Can I Positively Identify a Traumatic Brain Injury Caused by a Motorcycle Accident in South Carolina?
Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in South Carolina encourage all injury victims to seek medical care immediately after a collision occurs.
This is always the best approach to ensuring you can pursue the financial recovery you deserve from the negligent party, because without medical proof that you were injured, your personal injury case could be compromised.
If you have a head injury of any type, including a traumatic brain injury, the time between the collision and receiving professional medical care could mean the difference in the time it takes to recover.
Like all injuries, some head injuries are immediately recognizable. Others may take hours, days, or even weeks to reveal the extent of the damage, which is why you should pursue medical care right away, so potentially life-threatening signs and symptoms are identified as quickly as possible.
What Should I Do After Seeking Medical Care for a Motorcycle Accident Injury?
The negligent driver’s insurance company is going to contact you right away after a motorcycle crash, to get you to take partial responsibility for the incident, so they are not liable for your complete injury costs.
Even a seemingly harmless question like, “Were you wearing a helmet when the crash occurred?” should not be answered without an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and Greenville by your side.
First, if you are over the age of 21, the question is irrelevant and has nothing to do with the collision. As South Carolina motorcycle accident attorneys, we respect all riders’ rights to choose whether to wear a helmet if they are of age and will represent their best interests inside and outside the courtroom to pursue the best financial outcome for their unique needs.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina, contact our skilled personal injury attorneys in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and Greenville today to schedule a free consultation by calling (803) 548-2468 or contact us online and one of our experienced personal injury lawyers will contact you directly.