Motorcycle crashes can cause significant physical injuries. However, can they cause PTSD? That’s another question entirely.
Motorcycle crashes are becoming increasingly common across the United States. There are about 89 thousand motorcycle accidents annually. Yet, many riders don’t realize how serious a collision can be. Or how likely they are to suffer from PTSD after the initial accident.
So we’ll explore the likelihood of getting PTSD after a motorcycle crash and the common factors leading to these accidents. We will also cover the symptoms of PTSD and how to file a claim for compensation after a motorcycle accident.
If you or a loved one recently suffered from a motorcycle crash, please continue reading.
What Factors Lead to More Motorcycle Crashes?
The unfortunate truth is that motorcycle crashes can happen for various reasons. There’s no one thing you can avoid to eliminate the possibility of a collision. But, certain factors lead to more motorcycle accidents than others.
For instance, according to the NHTSA, speeding is a factor in about one-third of all motorcycle fatalities. And riders who were speeding were also found to be more likely to have been drinking before the accident.
Other leading causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drivers who don’t see the motorcycle
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poor road conditions
- Mechanical failures
If you want to reduce the likelihood of future motorcycle crashes, here are some things you can do:
- Drive the speed limit
- Monitor other drivers on the road
- Avoid driving whenever the weather is poor
- Never drive intoxicated
- Maintain your motorcycle to ensure safety
Can You Get PTSD in a Motorcycle Crash? And What Are the Symptoms?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD can include:
- Intrusive thoughts
And yes. Motorcycle accidents can certainly be traumatic events that may lead to the development of PTSD. In fact, According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, PTSD “frequently” presents itself after a motorcycle crash. That’s why it’s essential to seek help following an accident.
PTSD should never be dealt with without professional help.
If you’re considering filing a PTSD claim after a motorcycle accident, there are a few things to remember. Continue reading to learn more.
PTSD Claim after Motorcycle Accident
If another’s negligence caused your motorcycle crash, you could include PTSD in a personal injury claim. That is your best chance at receiving your rightful compensation.
If you’re interested in filing, ensure you have all the necessary components, such as expert testimony confirming your PTSD. Expert testimony is one of the most critical parts of your claim.
However, there’s always more evidence to gather from the scene of the accident itself. To learn more about gathering evidence and how to do it correctly, visit this blog post. Of course, the most crucial component is getting professional help from a personal injury attorney like Kevin Sandel.
Keven and the Sandel Law Firm staff specialize in personal injury cases and will fight hard for the best outcome. We will help you gather the necessary evidence, interact with intimidating insurance companies and more. Reach out to us today with a free consultation.