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Teen suffers brain injury in motorcycle accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcycle accidents has been on the rise for the last 14 years. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, he or she is 30 times more likely to be killed when compared to occupants of passenger cars. So, it is amazing that one young motorcycle rider from Massachusetts survived an accident, even though he sustained a brain injury and was in a coma for 21 days.

The now 25-year-old man suffered a traumatic brain injury, has a rod in his spine, and was paralyzed from the waist down. He is still not self-sufficient. He has endured seven surgeries over the past couple of years and is still has physical therapy.

The circumstances surrounding his accident were not reported, so it is not known who was responsible for the accident. The only thing the young man knows is that speed was a factor in his accident. Speed was a factor in over one-third of the motorcycle accidents that occurred in the same year as this young man's crash. Police indicate that many motorcycle crashes are caused by other motorists not looking for motorcycles before they pull out.

As is the case with this young man, motorcycle riders that are fortunate enough to survive an accident can be left with serious and sometimes debilitating injuries. Injuries such as a spine or brain injury can put a significant financial drain on both the victim and his or her family. Recoveries can take weeks, months and even years. Some victims will need medical care for the rest of their lives. For those motorcycle accidents in which someone else was at fault, Massachusetts law allows for the victim to file a personal injury claim to seek recovery of the costs and damages incurred, such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: enterprisenews.com, Motorcycle crashes on rise in Brockton area, Dana Trismen, Sept. 1, 2013

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