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Everything You Wanted to Know About Bicycle Accidents and Serious Concussion

Jul 28th, 2021

There’s nothing like the freedom of hopping on a bicycle on a warm summer day to get where you want to go. Unfortunately, riding a bicycle is not without risk. According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an increase in bicycle-related deaths among adults from 2009 – 2018. And the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that a majority of the 80,000 bicycle accident head injuries treated in emergency rooms each year result in brain injuries.

Bicycle Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are injuries to the brain caused by trauma, and they are a major cause of disability and death in the United States. A concussion is the most common form of TBI. Serious concussions result in loss of consciousness and require immediate medical attention and screening for possible brain bleeds.

Helmets Significantly Reduce Bicycle Accident Head Injuries

Bicycle helmets significantly reduce the risk of head injuries, including concussions and other TBIs. By absorbing the impact of a blow to the head, helmets can protect the brain from more serious injury.

Federal safety standards for bicycle helmets are established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Consumers are advised to look for the CPSC safety label when shopping for bike helmets.

Injured In A Bicycle Accident?

When a bicycle accident caused by another person’s negligence sends you to the emergency room with a head injury, you can recover compensation for your injuries. Experienced accident attorneys at Ogborn Mihm, LLP protect your rights, advise you of your legal options, and advocate on your behalf to recover just compensation. Contact our office today to arrange for a confidential consultation.