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Serious injuries, including brain injuries, can result following a motorcycle accident.

A recent motorcycle accident claimed the life a West Virginia motorcyclist. The motorcycle accident also sent six others to the hospital. Authorities believe that a sports car traveling in the opposite direction of a group of seven motorcycles lost control, crossed the center line and crashed into four of them. Some of the motorcyclists went down attempting to avoid the initial crash and still others were able to escape without crashing. Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash and said that no charges have been filed at this time.

Motorcycle accident injuries can be very serious. They can include catastrophic injuries. This can include spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, head injuries and brain injuries. Every year, approximately 100,000 people in the United States suffer brain injuries that require treatment and impact their ability to perform daily activities. Often these injuries can result from a car or motorcycle accident.

There are two types of brain injuries -- open and closed. Opened, as the name suggests, involves a fracture to the skull. Closed brain injuries, however, can be equally, if not more, serious as they present risks of swelling and blood clots. Confusion, difficulty remembering events, drowsiness, nausea, headache and weakness on one side of the body can all be signs of a serious brain injury.

Following a serious accident, a brain injury should be evaluated for treatment. The doctor can also help determine how the injured person's ability to work and function will be impacted and what types of economic compensation may be needed.

Motorcycle accidents can leave riders with serious brain injuries that can be immediately dangerous. These types of injuries can also impact daily life in the future. If these types of injuries are caused by someone's negligence, compensation may be available for victims.

Source: The Rappahannock News, "Motorcyclist dies in head-on crash with out-of-control sports car," Roger Piantadosi, Nov. 12, 2012

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