Bicyclists are often thrown over their handlebars during an impact with a motor vehicle. Sadly, they often land on their heads and can suffer a brain injury. Depending on the type of impact, speed, and if any type of protection was worn by the cyclist will determine the severity of the brain injury. Some head injuries that occur in bicycle crashes in Georgia and nationwide include:
- Bumps and bruises
- Fractures of the skull
- Traumatic brain injury
Where some head injuries that result from bicycle accidents can be minor concussions, others can be very serious and cause lifelong problems for the injured cyclists involved. Such long-term problems can include:
- Loss of bodily function
- Memory, speech, and behavioral problems
- Loss of memory
- Permanent disabilities
- Brain damage
Unfortunately, a bicyclist involved in a crash has a great possibility of suffering a brain injury in Georgia. When a cyclist suffers from a brain injury, serious results can occur. In fact, the most serious injuries bicyclists suffer from are head injuries. While some cyclist can recover from head trauma, others die as a result of a traumatic brain injury.
Head and brain injuries are more likely to occur in situations in which bicyclists are not wearing helmets. However, bicycle helmets have been proven to help prevent head injuries in the event of a bicycle accident. In 2009, 91 percent of bicyclists killed were not wearing a helmet, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is why it is critical for every child, as well as adult, to wear a bicycle helmet.
Other information from the National Injury Prevention Foundation regarding bicycle helmet safety and brain injury prevention includes:
- Helmets help prevent an injury every four minutes
- Bicycle helmets can prevent 85–88 percent of critical brain injuries
- Helmets can help prevent 75 percent of bicycle fatalities among children
- Non-helmeted bicyclists are about 14 times more likely to die in an accident than helmeted cyclists
Unfortunately, bicycle accident fatalities in Georgia have risen from 2011 to 2012. Whether you have lost a loved one or have suffered a brain injury yourself—even if you weren’t wearing a bicycle helmet—we may be able to help you recover financially for your injuries, losses, and damages. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to speak with a knowledgeable Fayette County brain injury attorney today in a free consultation at (770) 487-8999.