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Missouri head trauma victim still in hospital

The traffic supervisor for the Alton, Missouri, police department reports that a 51-year-old motorcycle rider was flown by helicopter to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis following a serious accident with another vehicle. The accident victim is being treated for head trauma and brain injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred on Tuesday, May 3 in Alton.

The details of the accident, according to a witness, are that the rider was on a Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle and traveling east at about six in the evening. The motorcyclist was about to make a right turn when he was struck from behind by a Chrysler Sebring that had not slowed down. The incident caused the motorcyclist to lose control of his vehicle and crash. He suffered severe head trauma in the accident.

The driver of the Sebring, 27, has been charged with driving without a valid driver's license and not slowing down to avoid a collision. He has been released while results from chemical tests are being processed. The traffic supervisor stated that chemical tests are routinely conducted on individuals involved in auto accidents.

At this stage it is unclear how severe the head trauma suffered by the motorcyclist is. However, as of Wednesday, he was reportedly still in critical condition.

As this unfortunate accident shows, brain injury or head trauma can occur at any time. It is common for it to result from a car accident, as in this case, or from another physical activity such as playing sports.

Traumatic brain injury can have a serious impact on the lives of those injured. A person may need to spend days in the hospital and undergo multiple tests to ensure a safe recovery. While this is often necessary, it can lead to costly medical bills that the victim may not have been prepared to pay. If a brain injury has been caused by someone else's negligence, there may be ways to obtain compensation.

Source: TheTelegraph.com, "Motorcyclist remains in critical condition," Dennis Grubaugh, 9 May 2011

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