Do you and your family like to ride your bicycles in Seattle? Learn about the common brain injuries you may suffer if a negligent driver causes an accident.

Bicyclists Can Suffer Catastrophic Brain Injuries Caused by a Negligent Driver

Seattle bike accident brain injuriesWhile many people bicycle for fun and exercise, a bike ride can become dangerous when drivers engage in unsafe driving practices around bikes. These crashes can be especially dangerous because the rider has so little protection between the vehicle and his body, even if he is wearing protective gear and a helmet. Although one should always be worn, a bicycle helmet cannot always protect a rider from head injuries. A common injury resulting from a car vs. bicycle crash is, unfortunately, a brain injury.

Common Brain Injuries Suffered in Bike Accidents

Brain injuries are caused by a jolt or blunt force to the head, which is common in a bicycle accident where the rider can be thrown from his bike. When a rider is not wearing a helmet, he is more likely to suffer a skull fracture or a penetrating brain injury where an object punctures the brain. Some common brain injuries that bicycle riders suffer include:

  • Concussion. A concussion is a mild brain injury that can cause temporary loss of consciousness, confusion, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. While a concussion often does not cause permanent brain damage, a bicyclist should be treated by a doctor and may need rest and pain medication for days or weeks until the symptoms subside.
  • Hematoma. An intracranial hematoma is a collection of blood in the skull that is often caused by the rupture of a blood vessel from the blunt force to the head in a bicycle accident. This can be a life-threatening medical condition that can cause loss of consciousness or death. Surgery may be needed to drain the excess blood and stabilize the accident victim. Recovery can take months or longer, and not all patients fully recover from this injury.
  • Traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common brain injuries caused in a bicycle accident. It can be life-threatening and can cause life-long limitations in vision, hearing, mobility, reasoning, memory, concentration, and much more. Surgery may be needed to remove clotted blood, repair skull fractures, or drain excess blood accumulation, and a lengthy rehabilitation is often required to help the victim cope with the brain damage he must live with.

Brain injuries suffered in a bicycle accident are especially catastrophic because they can cause permanent brain damage that limits the victim’s ability to work or to take care of his day-to-day needs. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury in a bicycle accident in Washington caused by a driver’s negligence, talk to an experienced Seattle bicycle accident attorney today. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation to learn how we can help you hold the negligent party responsible for compensating you for your injuries.