Motorcycle riders are in a precarious position on Missouri’s roadways since they do not have the same protections that occupants of passenger cars have, yet they can travel at high speed. They often suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in accidents, regardless of whether they were wearing helmets. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have identified six brain functions that appear to be affected most often in those who suffer from TBIs, and they can be life-altering.

Nerve damage can affect the face, head and throat. People can experience anything from double vision to trouble swallowing. The senses can also suffer. Ringing in the ears, hand-eye coordination issues and vertigo are only some of the sensory issues that can be experienced after a traumatic brain injury. These issues might not seem serious, but they can be debilitating.

Other issues involve memory loss, behavioral changes and emotional issues. Someone who used to be a fun-loving and laid-back person could become depressed and angry. In other cases, a victim could be unable to perform day-to-day tasks, such as eating or dressing without help. Others might not be able to walk and could experience difficulty communicating.

For some victims of traumatic brain injuries, the symptoms correct themselves or any lasting effects do not interfere with their normal lives. However, many more are left with debilitating and permanent injuries. If the accident that led to the injury was due to the negligence of another, the motorcycle rider could file a personal injury claim in a Missouri court seeking damages that could help with any current and future medical needs he or she might have.

Source:, “Traumatic Brain Injury: 6 Brain Functions That Suffer Most“, Alison Potter, July 6, 2016