Bicycles, Head Injuries and You...What You Should Know If You Were Hurt in a California Bicycle Accident

The transportation trend in California has shifted. Over the last decade, more and more people are taking to bicycles.

There are many reasons as to why you will now see more bicyclists on the road, which include:

  • Bicycling saves money by not requiring expensive gasoline
  • It is a great way to exercise and stay fit
  • It provides the commuter with an interesting way to move about the city

Bicyclists Are at Risk of Serious Brain Injuries

Riding a bicycle, however, exposes the commuter to a different level of risk. Cyclists are not protected by a box of reinforced glass, plastic, and steel like they would be in a car. Yet, sometimes it is easy to think of yourself as invincible when cycling. Even if the proper safety equipment is worn such as a helmet, terrible California bicycle accidents can still happen.

Brain injuries are some of the most feared injuries by cyclists. The two most prevalent head injuries associated with bicycle accidents are contusions (a.k.a. concussions) and skull fractures. A concussion happens when the brain moves around inside the skull, which can result in lifelong complications such as:

  • Migraines
  • Loss of memory
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of concentration

These conditions may require long-term medical attention well after the immediate effects of the accident are gone.

The other prevalent head injury is a skull fracture, which occurs when the skull is cracked. Skull fractures have the ability to sometimes heal on their own, but they often require surgery to be repaired. In some cases, there is immense swelling, resulting in stress on the brain.

If you have been hurt in a Southern California bicycle accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. To find out if you have a case worth pursuing or if you need assistance with obtaining a fair settlement from an insurance company, contact an experienced Santa Monica bicycle accident attorney at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385.



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