Bicyclists who are struck by vehicles may suffer a number of injuries in the wreck, such as a broken neck or deep lacerations. However, brain injuries are especially common and concerning for various reasons. For one, these injuries can be tough to detect, since symptoms may not appear until later on. Second, these injuries can completely derail a person’s life, leaving them mentally incapacitated and unable to take care of themselves. Even when people can continue on with their lives, the damage they have sustained may affect their personality, their relationships and many other facets of their lives.
It is important for bicyclists to wear helmets since they can protect a biker’s head in the event of an accident. However, helmets do not always prevent brain trauma, and many bicyclists do not wear helmets, either. With so many negligent drivers on the road, it is inevitable that some will collide with bicyclists and cause their lives to change in an instant. Brain damage can prevent someone from continuing in their career, derail one’s academic progress and lead to various short-term and long-term challenges that will be hard to handle.
If you hit your head during a bicycle accident, it is imperative to seek medical attention and determine whether you sustained a concussion. Some people are unaware of the extent to which their brain was damaged in an accident, and we believe that it is crucial for victims of bike accidents to explore all of their options (including the possibility of a lawsuit).