Cyclists, much like motorcyclists, often lack the protection that can prevent serious injuries if they get involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. They’re exposed. Even a low-speed impact can directly take a toll on their body, with no way to reduce the amount of force and energy enacted on them, in a way that just would not happen with two cars or trucks.
What are symptoms of a brain injury suffered in a cycling accident?
For instance, a cyclist who is thrown from a bike and strikes their head on the pavement, even with a helmet on, can suffer a traumatic brain injury. This can lead to issues like:
- Memory loss
- Loss of emotional control
- Loss of impulse control
- Trouble communicating
- Problems with concentration and attention
- An inability to make decisions or problem-solve
- Issuing finding the right word when talking
- Trouble planning or staying organized
- Problems getting tasks done and completing projects
The potential issues are based on the exact type of injury. For instance, one person may find after a TBI that they have trouble sleeping and always feel irritable, while another could have balance problems that make it impossible to walk. Someone else may not remember a loved one’s name, while another person may lose the skills or talents that they based their career around.
Due to the unpredictable nature of these injuries, and the fact that they may never heal completely, anyone who suffers from them needs to know what options they have. A bicycle accident that takes two seconds to happen could change the entire course of their life, and they may have a right to compensation.