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Bicycle accidents and brain injuries


Riding a bike is considered an enjoyable activity, and whether West Virginia residents ride their bicycles for fun, exercise, competitively or as their main method of transportation, there are some risks associated with it. This is especially true when they are traveling on or near roadways. While motorists are required to take caution when bicyclists are present, a negligent driver could cause a bicycle accident. Because of that, cyclists will wear helmets; however, these safety features do not prevent all injuries.

The risks associated with a bike accident can be grave and deadly, and a major concern in a bicycle accident is a brain injury. While helmets could reduce the severity of a head trauma, victims involved in a bicycle accident should not rule out an injury to the brain. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 630 cyclists were killed in accidents in 2009 while another 51,000 were injured, mostly with brain injuries.

A traumatic brain injury, which is caused by a blow to the head, disrupts the brain's normal function. Moreover, it could lead to temporary or even permanent disabilities. And according to recent data, roughly 50 percent of traumatic brain injuries are suffered in bicycle, car or pedestrian accidents.

A brain injury is more than just a physical injury. An accident victim could suffer social and economic consequences as a result of a brain injury. He or she might require long-term medical care, rehabilitation and other future medical needs. In addition, a brain injury could impact the victim's social skills and their ability to work. This could greatly affect their quality of life and income.

In order to offset the losses and damages caused by a brain injury in a bike accident, victims could seek compensation though a civil action. A personal injury claim could hold a negligent driver responsible, helping victims recover from their injures and losses.

Source: Livestrong.com, "Brain Injuries Caused by Bicycle Accidents," Sarah Collins, Aug. 3, 2015

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