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Does Wearing a Bicycle Helmet Prevent Head Injuries?

In Pennsylvania, the law states that all riders of bicycles must wear a bicycle helmet. But, does wearing a bicycle helmet prevent head injuries?

Bicyclists in Pennsylvania are often at a greater risk than drivers of other vehicles. With that said, it is important to know that bicycle accidents are often caused by the negligence of another driver. In that scenario, a bicycle accident lawyer will come into play to help you get the compensation you deserve.

At Justice Guardians, we believe that all victims of bicycle accidents should have access to the best legal representation possible. That’s why we offer a free consultation and case evaluation for bicycle accident cases. An experienced bicycle accident attorney takes all clients on a contingency fee basis which means that we only get paid if we win your case. Call us today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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Common Impacts of a Bicycle Accident Head Injury

According to PennDOT, bicycle accidents are the leading cause of serious injury and death in the state. A bicycle crash can be frightening and sometimes even life-threatening. When a cyclist is involved in an accident, one of the most dangerous potential injuries is head trauma. Severe impacts to a rider's head can lead to serious and sometimes permanent consequences. So, it's important to understand more about bicycle accidents and head injuries and how they can affect cyclists.

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  • Balance Issues
  • Vision Loss/Distortions
  • Headaches/Migraines

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury From Bicycle Accidents

It's no secret that bicycle accidents can lead to severe traumatic brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bicycling is a leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States.

First, let's examine some common causes of these bicycle-related TBIs. In most cases, a helmet is not worn, or it was worn improperly at the time of the accident for extra protection. Furthermore, wet and slick road conditions increase the chances of crashing on a bike, as well as distracted driving from cars.

Can a Bicycle Helmet Prevent Injuries?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 846 cyclists died in crashes in 2020, while about 415,000 others were taken to emergency facilities for treatment. It’s no secret that bicycle helmets are an essential part of cycling, but how effective can they be in preventing injuries? Sure, helmets provide head protection while riding, but can they really help prevent serious injuries?

The answer is a resounding yes. A study conducted by the University of New England concluded that people who wore protective headgear while biking were 65% less likely to suffer a head injury compared to those who didn't wear a helmet. Not only that, helmeted cyclists had a 77% lower risk of serious facial and neck injury.

These statistics prove just how much of a difference wearing a helmet makes when it comes to staying safe on the road. Further research shows that bicycle helmets can also help reduce brain injury in the event of an accident and protect against skull fractures by creating a cushion between the skull and external objects.

Have You Received a Head Injury in a PA Bicycle Accident?

Each day, approximately 56,800 people ride a bike in the United States. Unfortunately, riding a bicycle also means risking a head injury in an accident. This article will discuss the important things you need to know if you have recently suffered a head injury following a bicycle accident.

Your lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected and any compensation that is due to you is obtained. They may also advise on things such as insurance coverage and claims processes, as well as provide recommendations on how best to move forward with pursuing justice for your losses.

Your lawyer will also be able to inform you about any laws or regulations pertaining to bicycle accidents and provide direction on gathering evidence so that your case can be successfully brought forward. This could mean providing detailed instructions for collecting more information about the accident, identification of witnesses (if applicable), photography, video footage, etc., which your lawyer may request from you.

The Brain Injury Lawyers You Can Trust

At Justice Guardians, we are dedicated to helping people who have been injured in a bicycle accident in Pennsylvania. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a bicycle accident, you may be overwhelmed with a sense of loss, confusion, and fear. This is why it is important to have a bicycle accident lawyer on your side from the beginning, especially when other motorists were to blame.

When a bicycle accident occurs, you may feel that you do not need a bicycle. However, the law can protect you and your rights to compensation. It is important to retain a personal injury lawyer from the beginning. This will help you to protect your rights and ensure that you are compensated for your losses. You should never hesitate to retain a lawyer.

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David Petrone
Date Published: January 19, 2023
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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