Modern life is a hurly-burly of technology, fast-moving vehicles, accessible travel, and fast-paced lives. It’s a sad fact that the haste of contemporary living means that small mistakes can trigger accidents. Sometimes these accidents result in minor injuries: a little bruising and a minor blow to the ego. Other times, such as when injuries are sustained in a motorcycle accident, injuries can be much more severe and can even cause the victim to suffer from a head and brain injury.

Riders need to be aware of their surroundings when riding your motorcycle around Riverside, and need to always wear their helmets even though it may be tempting to go without as the weather warms up. However, even helmet wearers can suffer serious injuries, including head injuries. When someone suffers a head or brain injury, his life is instantly changed. Depending on the severity of the injury, the victim may experience lasting mental challenges and physical changes. He is often forced to undergo therapy or even surgery.

One of the common injuries associated with a head injury is a fractured skull. A fractured skull can be very dangerous and may need immediate treatment. A victim of an accident may be unaware of the fracture; therefore, it is important to know the symptoms of a fractured skull.

Some of the common signs of a fractured skull are:

  • Bleeding. It is common for the victim to experience bleeding at the point of the injury. He may also experience bleeding from the ears, nose, and around the eyes.
  • Bruises. As with most impact injuries, bruises may be present. Bruises occur when the small blood vessels under the skin break and leak into the soft tissue. The victim should look for bruises behind the ears or under the eyes.
  • Pupil change. Some skull fracture victims may notice a change in the pupils. The pupils may be unequal in size or non-reactive to light.
  • Neurological changes. A fractured skull or the impact that caused it may cause convulsions, drowsiness, headaches, loss of consciousness, slurred speech, and other neurological changes.
  • Feeling ill. The victim of a skull fracture may experience a feeling of sickness that may include nausea and vomiting.

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Peter Steinberg
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