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Bicycle Accidents & Traumatic Brain Injuries

Bicycle Accidents & Traumatic Brain Injuries

Bicycling has become increasingly popular in recent years, and more Americans are hitting the pedals as a form of commuting, recreation, and exercise. With the increase in bicycling, however, comes the unfortunate increase in traffic accidents involving bicyclists. Due to the fact that bicyclists have little protecting them against collisions with large, heavy vehicles, these accidents also commonly result in injuries and, in the worst cases, catastrophic damages or death.

Although there are many different types of injuries bicyclists suffer, traumatic brain injuries are among the most common. These injuries, also known as TBI, occur when the brain is damaged by an external force. In a bicycle accident, this can occur when a cyclist’s head hits the pavement or another object.

Because brain injuries have the potential to cause long-term damages and setbacks, it becomes crucially important for riders to take precautions to protect themselves. Of course, this means wearing a helmet. As a recent study from the University of Arizona, Tuscon shows, wearing a helmet can reduce riders’ risks of suffering brain injuries in bicycle accidents.

Here are some findings from the study:

  • Researchers reviewed cases from 6,267 riders who suffered brain injuries in bicycle accidents.
  • After analyzing data, researchers found that riders who wore helmets and suffered TBI had 58% reduced risks of suffering severe brain injuries compared to those who did not wear helmets.
  • In addition to reduced risks of severe brain injuries, riders who wore helmets also had 59% reduced odds of dying in a crash and 60% reduced odds of needing emergency craniotomy procedures.

The study lends further credibility to what common sense and safety experts have been saying for a long time - helmets are essential for bicycle riders. Even though this is true, the study noted that only 25% of the riders in the study wore helmets.

Protecting Your Legal Rights After a Cycling Accident

At The Daspit Law Firm, we know that riders can suffer life-altering injuries in bicycle accidents, whether they wear helmets or not. We also know that many cycling accidents are caused by negligent drivers who fail to obey the rules of the road, pay attention, or look for cyclists when changing lanes or making turns.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. A Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer from our firm is standing by to help you learn more about your rights and whether you may be able to file a claim.

To discuss your case, contact The Daspit Law Firm today!

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