While riding a motorcycle can be a fantastic experience, according to statistics, it is one of the most dangerous ways of getting around. If you have been involved in a Miami motorcycle accident, you are probably aware of the psychological effects of this type of accident. From mood swings, severe anxiety, memory loss, difficulty sleeping, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), victims can experience a variety of psychological symptoms difficult to treat without professional help. So what can you do when faced with such severe circumstances?
The impact of head injuries
Even when motorcyclists use protective equipment, the impact of a car hitting a motorcycle can be devastating since the rider and motorcycle absorb most of the force. This force may cause severe head injuries that lead to short and long-term health effects. In the state of Florida, a rider over the age of 21 is not required to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. That’s a huge problem for riders since they may specifically face a considerably increased risk of severe trauma following the accident.
According to recent data, helmets alone can protect 37 percent of riders from severe trauma and prevent traumatic brain injuries (TBI). People with TBI can suffer from depression during the first year following an accident. In nearly two-thirds, depression can last up to seven years after injury.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Commonly known as PTSD, riders suffering from this condition suffer from nightmares and flashbacks about the accident. They will also have trouble remembering the event, feel guilt, and avoid some specific actions or events. Episodes of anger and trouble sleeping are also common. Sometimes victims are unaware that a motorcycle crash can cause this type of disorder and they may attribute these symptoms to their physical injuries.
Symptoms to look for
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a motorcycle accident, you may probably understand how debilitating these injuries can be. Some victims may feel unable to return to work and unmotivated to incorporate into society. The stress and mental anguish may persist in dreams, flashbacks, trouble concentrating and inability to remember details about the accident. If these symptoms last longer than two months, the patient probably has PTSD and should visit a counselor or doctor to ask for help.
The law is on your side
Now that you know psychological trauma is a legitimate injury, you can contact one of our personal injury attorneys to discuss your claim. From lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering, this is too great of a burden for you to bear it alone. If you believe you are suffering from psychological trauma as a result of a motorcycle accident, or you would like to call on behalf of a loved one, we want to hear from you. Our attorneys can seek adequate help for your physical and psychological trauma as well as fight for the compensation you deserve.