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Can head injuries in bicycle accidents actually be prevented?

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While some bicyclists could be doing everything right, they may still suffer a head injury in a bicycle accident due to the force of the impact and the traveling speeds involved. However, many head injuries can be prevented through the use of bicycle helmets.

In fact, research indicates that as many as 74 to 85 percent of bicycle-related head injuries could have been prevented if cyclists were to wear protective bicycle helmets. Not only is wearing an approved helmet a way to prevent a brain injury in Georgia bicycle accidents, but it is critical to follow safety tips, including:

  • Obey all traffic laws, as bicycles are considered vehicles under Georgia law
  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs, and signal to turn
  • Ride as close to the right side of the road as possible
  • Ride in the bicycle lane, if there is one available
  • Equip your bicycle with a headlight and rear reflector for night time riding
  • Wear reflective gear and bright colored clothing

Many bicyclists get injured because drivers cannot see them. This is why it is important that cyclists never wear dark clothing and that they have sufficient lights and reflectors. However, many bicyclists get hit by vehicles and suffer brain injuries in Georgia, nevertheless, even when they are wearing helmets and doing everything safe.

If you were hit by a negligent driver and suffered a brain injury, or if your loved one has died, please call an experienced Fayette County brain injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a complimentary consultation today.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia