Bicycle BRAIN INJURIES
The most important reminder for cyclists is to wear a helmet, always. While head trauma and brain damage can still happen while wearing a helmet, it can significantly lower the chances or degree of damage done. Whether you are riding down the street or braving a marathon, a helmet can save your life.
Wearing a helmet can prevent head injuries in just about 50% of all cases. Even when you are “not riding far” the risk of not wearing a helmet is not worth the potential consequences. Aside from the long-term damage of brain injuries, brain injuries can cause headaches, discomfort, instability, loss of energy and much more. People often discount mild concussions as harmless, however undergoing a series of head traumas can lead to greater repercussions.
One of the common ways cyclists sustain brain injuries is from wrongful righthand turns from motor and commercial vehicles. Even when fully abiding by standard traffic laws, cyclists cannot control nor predict the actions of fellow drivers. Staying alert is important, wearing a helmet is imperative, and still, riders are unable to predict their surroundings. While it is natural to feel comfortable on the road as a rider, there are some precautions to take for the safety of everyone on the road.
- Utilize bicycle hand signals.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay alert for negligent and distracted drivers.
- Follow all motor and commercial traffic laws when applicable.
- Use rearview mirrors and proper lighting as necessary.
Always remember to wear a helmet and remain attentive. If you are in a bicycle accident, whether with another bicycle or a motor vehicle, take note of any damage or injuries that occur right away and over time. Head injuries in particular can seem miniscule initially, only showing up as problematic over time.
Brain injuries and head trauma are not to be taken lightly. The moment you experience a personal injury where any head contact is made, be sure to seek the medical attention you need. Document the on-site crash or collision and document the entire duration of the head or brain damage.
Remember, while cyclists are at high risk when riding, adequate safety precautions are key to diminishing the damages caused in the accident. Stay alert, and always wear a helmet.
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