Learn why it’s important to always wear a properly secured helmet.
Riding a bike is one of life’s greatest joys—one that many of us learn at a young age. There are few feelings greater than the sense of the open road, being able to roam freely at fairly high rates of speed — all by the power of your own two legs.
But if you aren’t careful, riding a bike can result in serious injuries. One moment of inattention or carelessness can result in grave injury or even death.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one potential consequence of bike accidents, with most of these injuries occurring due to collisions involving vehicles, bicycles, and/or motorcycles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Symptoms can be relatively mild — including headaches and mood changes — or can lead to permanent, life-alternating disabilities.
Early diagnosis is critical to effectively treating a TBI. If properly treated, the trauma to the brain can be managed and further injury and disability may be prevented from occurring. Symptoms after a bike accident and/or a strike to the head including confusion, an inability to concentrate, nausea, dizziness, vision problems, and/or fainting could indicate a traumatic brain injury. Seek medical attention immediately, and follow all instructions given to you by the doctor. This includes seeing specialists and refraining from certain activities after the accident.
While protective gear may not prevent all bike accidents, it can help to reduce the severity of injuries should they occur. As experienced bike accident attorneys, we recommend that everyone — adults and children alike — wear helmets while bike riding, no matter what the law is in your state. A helmet will protect your brain from the impact of a fall, lowering the risk of a traumatic brain injury. While this is especially important for children’s growing brains, it is also important for adults. Adults should set a good example by protecting themselves from head trauma by always wearing a helmet while riding a bike.
If you have been hurt in a bike accident, you may be entitled to compensation if your accident or injury was due to the fault of another person or entity. This could be due to poor road maintenance, faulty bike design, or the negligence of a driver on the road. If your accident was at least partially caused by another person or entity, a bike accident attorney can help you recover the money you need to get your life back on track.
At the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, our attorneys are highly skilled at representing clients who have been hurt in all types of accidents, including bike accidents. We have a 95% success rate and have represented more than 100,000 clients. We never charge a fee unless we recover money for you, and our initial consultations are always free. Contact us today at 800-333-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment, and learn more about your legal rights and options.