Motorcycle riders can be especially vulnerable to negligent and careless drivers on the roadways because they are less protected than those travelling in passenger and other vehicles. As a result, motorcycle accidents can result in serious, catastrophic and costly injuries to victims such as traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries can be costly to treat; a severe head injury may cost $3 million to treat, while mild and moderate head injuries can also be costly to treat, totaling $85,000 and $941,000, respectively. In general, the cost of caring for a victim of a traumatic brain injury for their lifetime can range from $600,000 to $1.875 million. Hospitalization costs are estimated at $31.7 billion annually in the U.S. and the cost of acute and rehabilitative care for brain injury victims is reported at $9 to $10 billion by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall cost of brain injuries is estimated at $48.3 billion annually in the U.S.
Motorcycle accident victims who have suffered a brain injury of any type may face medical expenses and the financial and emotional toll a brain injury can have on their lives. Brain injuries are costly for victims, families and society as a whole and result in reduced productivity and earnings. A personal injury claim for damages can help motorcycle accident victims struggling to adjust to life with a brain injury with their physical, financial and emotional damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
Brain injuries can make daily activities and personal relationships difficult and can make simply earning a living a challenge as well. As a result, personal injury protections are available to motorcycle accident victims when a negligent driver has caused an unexpected motorcycle accident and left them with a brain injury.