This March, our nation recognizes Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injuries impact victims in a variety of ways but they almost always significantly impair a victim’s quality of life. Unfortunately, motorcyclists who are involved in a crash are at high risk of this type of injury. When a traumatic brain injury does occur, the effects are not always purely physical. Victims may experience changes in their behavior as well. These behavioral changes can make it more difficult for a victim to maintain relationships, perform their job, and carry out other activities of daily life.
Behaviors a Motorcycle Brain Injury Victim May Exhibit
Brain injuries present potential behavioral impairments because the damage caused can impact the area of the brain that houses self-control and social awareness. This can make it difficult for a victim to exhibit behavior that is consistent with accepted social norms. After a motorcycle accident brain injury, victims may exhibit the following abnormal behaviors:
- Alcohol abuse
- Increasing clinginess
- Periods of excessive crying
- Complaining and defensiveness
- Using inappropriate language, acting more impulsively, and exhibiting immature behavior
- Inability to tolerate situations and may be more prone to overreact
- Aggression and rebellion
- Sexual promiscuity
- Social withdrawal
Behavioral issues are especially troublesome because they interfere with a victim’s ability and desire to undergo rehabilitation to treat other impairments associated with the brain injury. These issues also may not arise until many weeks after an accident. It is therefore crucial for victims to seek prompt legal assistance after a crash in order to protect their legal rights. Victims may be entitled to compensation for the difficulties that they experience as a result of their brain injury, including behavioral impairments.