Head & Brain Injuries Most Likely for Cyclists
One of the biggest reasons for bicycle accidents is negligent motorists, as we have discussed in other articles. Often, motorists are unaware of cyclists, so they turn right into them, cut them off, back up into them, or run them off the road. This is often caused because motorists aren't in the practice of looking out for bicycles on the road. Even though bicycles are smaller and don't carry as much speed as vehicles, they are still considered a legal vehicle on the road in Georgia.
This means that they are required to abide by the same rules of the road as automobiles, and have the same rights to the road. Even though they have the same rights, bicyclists often are the victims of car and bicycle crashes in Atlanta and throughout the U.S. In these accidents, bicyclists are the ones most likely injured, sustaining serious injuries. Some of the leading injuries that victims of bicycle accidents sustain are head and brain injuries.
Diagnosis of Head and Brain Injuries
When a victim of a bicycle accident visits the ER, a diagnosis has to be made before any treatments for head injuries can be conducted. Health care professionals will do their best to stabilize the victim by maintaining blood flow to the brain. Once the patient is stable, medical professionals will conduct an MRI, CT scan, or may even perform a cerebral angiography and electroencephalograph (EEG). These imaging scans and tests are used to confirm if there is a traumatic brain or head injury. Head injuries can range from minor to fatal injuries.
Some may not need any treatment, while others require surgery. Approximately 60,000 victims of bicycle accidents in the U.S. are treated for head injuries in the emergency room each and every year. Unfortunately, there is little a doctor can do to help undo a traumatic brain injury. Head and brain injuries caused in bicycle accidents in Georgia and throughout the nation are common.
The CDC confirms that over 700 people die each year from bicycle-related accidents, and head injuries make up approximately 62% of bicycle fatalities. If you have been the victim of a head or traumatic brain injury following a Georgia bicycle accident, then you need to talk to an experienced Atlanta bicycle accident attorney today. Also, if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle crash due to a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation