Motorcyclists in the state of Georgia are required by law to wear helmets while riding, this requirement applies to all riders, regardless of age. In requiring helmets for motorcyclists, Georgia is helping to protect riders for the realities of an accident, both small and large. Helmets are made to protect the head, specifically, the brain from injury in the event of an accident. While helmets routinely do their job sometimes, they are not enough to prevent a rider from suffering head injury that results in a traumatic brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury is a form of acquired brain injury that occurs when a trauma causes damage to the brain. The injury can run the range from an object piercing the skull and entering the brain to the brain being shaken within the skull causing injury. There are few treatments for a traumatic brain injury, and, once the brain has been damaged, there is little to nothing that can be done to reverse the damage.
About half of the people who suffer a serious brain injury will need surgery to help with their healing. Even with surgery, many will suffer life-long symptoms from their injury. The type, severity and duration of symptoms depend on the type of injury suffered. Mild injuries normally result in loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes, but can also result in memory problems and mood swings. Moderate, severe and repeated mild injuries can lead to loss of consciousness for hours and long-term comas. These types of injuries can leave people confused, unable to communicate and even permanently change their personality.
Traumatic brain injuries occur by the millions every year. Whether it is wearing a helmet or keeping an extra eye out for motorcyclists, being a responsible driver can be its own reward