Bicycling is a popular and healthy mode of transportation that many Angelenos enjoy. Unfortunately, bicycling can also lead to serious injuries, especially when it comes to accidents where a bicyclist sustains brain damage.
Among the most severe injuries that cyclists can experience are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Preventing TBIs in bicycle accidents can limit the long-lasting and life-altering effects on injured people and their loved ones.
What are traumatic brain injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries occur when a forceful impact on the head causes the brain to move inside the skull. Cyclists have a higher risk of sustaining a TBI in a collision due to the high speed and lack of protection compared to drivers of motor vehicles. Symptoms of TBI range from mild to severe and can include dizziness, headaches, nausea, memory loss, sensory problems, mood swings, depression, slurred speech and extreme confusion.
How can bicyclists prevent TBIs?
Since a helmet can absorb the impact of a fall or collision, it protects the head and brain of a cyclist from injury. It is the most effective way for bicyclists to prevent a TBI. Manufacturers design different helmets for various activities and terrains, so it is essential to make an appropriate choice.
In addition to sporting protective equipment while biking, practicing safe habits can also go a long way in preventing TBIs and bicycle accidents. This includes obeying traffic laws, avoiding distracted riding, staying alert and using hand signals. Bicyclists can also elect to enroll in a safety course to educate themselves about safe bicycling practices further.