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Non-helmeted motorcycle accident victims at risk for TBIs

Motorcycle owners have the option of not wearing helmets in Hillsborough when they are cruising the streets. However, those who choose to forgo these safety devices are more likely to suffer from traumatic brain injuries than riders who wear them.

Any motorcycle accident can result in a spine or brain injury that may cause paralysis, permanent disabilities and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that when riders wear helmets, their chances of getting a brain injury is 69 percent lower. Riders who elect not to wear helmets have a 37 percent higher chance of losing their lives to brain injury than helmeted bikers. Additionally, it is estimated that over 1,600 lives were saved in 2013 through the use of motorcycle helmets.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to treat. Primary care consists of careful monitoring, in the case of injuries that are considered severe. Doctors must make sure that the body's systems, which control blood pressure, blood flow and oxygen flow, are working as they should. The purpose is to prevent any further damage to the brain from happening, since there is no treatment that can currently reverse the initial harm caused.

Full recovery is also uncertain. Some people may require physical therapy, psychological treatment, and other forms of care. These methods are not guaranteed to work however, and for some people, they may never fully regain their former lifestyle.

Motorcyclists who choose to ride without helmets should be aware of the risks they face for traumatic brain injuries. The use of helmets doesn't prevent accidents. However, their use can reduce the risk of severe brain injury.

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