Bicycle Head Injuries: Can a Helmet Stop Them All?

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People are more aware of head and brain injuries now than ever before. Concussions are such a common topic of conversation that college football changed its rules and Hollywood made a movie about the issue. However, football is not the only sport where these injuries occur. In fact, cycling causes more head injuries than any other sport. The effects of these injuries can be devastating. Head injuries affect brain function, emotional and social well-being, and many other aspects of a victim’s life. For this reason, we take the opportunity to represent victims of bicycle head injuries in their accident cases very seriously.

The attorneys at Christensen & Hymas help bicycle accident victims win their injury cases. To get you started on understanding your case, this post breaks down some of the basics of cycling head injuries.

Common Types of Bicycle Head Injuries

Many cycling accidents involve impact with pavement or other hard surfaces. When your head experiences a hard impact such as this, you are at risk for a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can cause lasting negative effects. Many different types of injuries fall under the umbrella of “traumatic brain injuries.” Common cycling head injuries include:

Concussions are the most common and well-known traumatic brain injuries. Severe blows and impacts to the head can damage nerves and blood vessels in the brain. You may have a concussion if you experience unconsciousness or confusion after an accident.

Contusions are bruises on the brain. These may sound minor, but they can cause serious issues. Bleeding in the brain and swelling sometimes leads to greater brain damage. Some contusions require surgical repair.

Other serious bicycle head injuries include:

Please contact us if you suffer a serious cycling injury. We can help you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical costs and damages.

Can Helmets Prevent Head Injuries?

It is extremely important to wear a helmet while cycling. Over 80% of cyclists who die in accidents are not wearing helmets. In addition, helmets can reduce the risk of serious head and brain injury by up to 88%. While serious injuries can still happen if you are wearing a helmet, the chances are significantly lower than if you are not.

Utah Bicycle Accident Attorneys

The attorneys at Christensen & Hymas are experienced handling bicycle accident cases. We offer a free book, The Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook, to help you answer your questions. Please contact us if you are interested in starting an injury claim. We will do all we can to help you win a proper injury settlement.

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Ildar Sagdejev (Specious)
Russ Hymas
Managing Partner at Christensen & Hymas
Russ Hymas is the managing partner at Christensen & Hymas. He promotes awareness of legal issues and drives positive change in the cycling community.

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