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How Effective are Bike Helmets at Reducing Brain Injuries?

Asheville Bike accident

All bicyclists know that they SHOULD wear a bike helmet when riding, to prevent potential traumatic brain injuries (commonly referred to as TBI’s).   Despite this, some riders don’t seem to know exactly how effective a helmet can be, when worn properly, to reduce the risk of brain or head injuries.    Some people assume that if they get hit by a car while riding, their helmet isn’t going to help them very much in the grand scheme of how catastrophic that accident is likely to be.  Other riders feel helmets are too uncomfortable, don’t look good, or any number of other concerns that don’t put safety at the forefront of the conversation.   The real question is whether the evidence shows that wearing a helmet is an effective way to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury in a bike accident.

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident involving a car, and have been diagnosed with, or suspect a brain injury, it is essential that you seek medical care in order to determine the extent and severity of your injury.  If you have a TBI from a bike accident, a skilled personal injury lawyer can help you figure out your best options going forward.

study published in Accident Analysis and Prevention determined that “the most commonly injured body region [in bicycle accidents] is the upper extremities, followed by the lower extremities, face and head and neck.”   One of the study’s authors, Dr. Laura McKenzie stated that “wearing a helmet while riding a bike is the best way to decrease the risk of serious injuries.”  

Asheville bike accident lawyerApproximately 11% of all bicycle accidents result in TBI’s, and children between the ages of 10-14 are more susceptible to TBI’s, according to this study.   Parents should take the reins on making sure their children are wearing helmets EVERY time they ride a bicycle.  It’s easy to get lost in the weeds in terms of statistical information and percentages, but the bottom line is that helmets do work to lower the risk of brain injury.  Parents need to be diligent about creating family cultures and rules that ensure the highest degree of safety for our children.   if you or a loved one has already suffered from a bicycle accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact a bike accident lawyer to see how they can help you with your case.

How to Prevent a Serious Bike Accident

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, here are some important bike safety tips to prevent catastrophic bicycle accidents:

  • Ride a bike that is the appropriate size for you (or your child). A bike that is too big or too small can be more difficult to control and ride safely. Ensuring proper size means you have a better chance of being able to control your bike in the event you need to maneuver quickly.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it. (i.e. ride on the right side of the road, with cars going in the same direction). Approximately 25% of bike accidents happen when riding against traffic.
  • Use and learn bike hand signals. Children especially need to know how to signal to drivers if they’re planning on turning, or stopping.
  • Avoid riding at night, and if you do, make sure you wear light colored clothing and use reflective gear on your bike and or helmet. Bicycle lights after dark are a must.
  • Always ensure that you’re wearing a properly fitting bike helmet, even on short rides. Proper fit is vitally important to making sure a helmet does its job in the event of a crash.

 

Were you or a loved one recently hurt in a bike crash?   Call us today, we’re here to help answer your questions, and our consultations are always free. 

 

 

 

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Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases

The question of what damages car accident victims can seek is unique to every client’s case. The term “damages” refers the various forms of compensation an accident victim is entitled to after an injury.    Of the many Western North Carolina residents who suffer catastrophic injuries in car accidents every year, everyone’s case is different. In this article, the fourth in our series on catastrophic car accident injuries, we’ll discuss damages commonly sought in personal injury cases.

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Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries from Car Accidents

Thousands of Asheville residents suffer injuries in car accidents every year. Most of these people are able to recover and return to their normal lives after a period of rest. However, many people are not as fortunate, suffering injuries that leave them disabled, unable to work, and rapidly accruing medical debt as a result of their accidents. Injuries that leave victims in such a state are called catastrophic injuries, which means that they are unable to ever lead the life that they led before their accidents.

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Pedestrian Accidents in Asheville

Along with topping lists of best travel destinations, Asheville tops another, less-illustrious list. The city ranks the highest in North Carolina for pedestrian accidents, per person. Over a five-year period,  Asheville’s per-capita rate of pedestrian accidents was 8.1 per 10,000 residents. Charlotte, the most populated city in North Carolina, had a rate of 5.1 accidents per 10,000 residents.

This blog post is one in our series about safety issues in Asheville. We want to look at the factors that contribute to Asheville’s high rate of pedestrian and bicycle accidents and what can be done to make the city’s streets safer for people who choose to walk and bike.

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5 steps to ensure that your claim is secure

 

If you’ve ever been involved in a car crash, you’ll know that it’s hard to think clearly immediately afterwards, particularly if you’ve been injured in any way.  The trauma and surprise of being in an accident can be overwhelming and disorienting.  As a result, many people fail to document important things that can come back to bite them later when they try to recover money from an insurance company for their medical bills or car damage. 

Here are the 5 most important things to do to properly investigate the accident so you won’t get screwed by the insurance company later on down the road.

 

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