A few weeks ago, a West Seattle teen suffered a severe head injury when he biked through a stop sign and slammed into a truck with the right-of-way in the intersection. Although the teen was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the cyclist accident, the helmet likely saved him from more severe brain injuries and death but not from injury altogether.
Each year across the United States, an average of 1,000 people die in bicycle accidents and thousands more suffer serious injuries. In fact, an estimated half-million Americans visit their doctors or emergency rooms each year because of bike accident. Of all types of injuries sustained in cyclist crashes, the most prevalent and dangerous by far is head injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Three out of four fatal bicycle accidents involve a head injury, while two out of three bike crash emergency room admissions involve a head injury.
• Wear a well-fitted up-to-date helmet. • Keep your bike and your bike tires well maintained. • Ride a bike that is right for your size. • Petition your town for bike lanes and bike safety education. • Be cautious when riding at night. • Be wary of road hazards, such as uneven pavement. • Follow Washington State traffic laws for bicycles. • Avoid reckless riding behavior.
While helmets are absolutely key in preventing bicycle accident deaths and serious head injuries, they do not prevent all brain trauma. In some cases, a helmet will simply make a bad crash survivable, or ensure that a head injury is milder in nature.
If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident in Washington State – and if you believe that the bike crash could have been prevented if not for the negligence of someone else, talk to a Seattle bicycle accident attorney today. Brain injuries can have serious long-term affects on your life, and the person or company responsible for your injuries should also be responsible for the ramifications of your injuries.