Bicycle Accidents Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries and Long-Term Medical Issues
Florida’s famously mild climate allows residents and visitors to ride bicycles year-round, and you would be hard pressed to go a day without seeing a bicyclist on the streets of any given Florida city. While using a bicycle to get from place to place or simply for recreation is a healthy and cost-efficient activity, it also exposes riders to a significant risk of injury. Traumatic brain injuries1 (TBIs) are among the most serious kinds of injuries that are often sustained by bicyclists. The physical, emotional, and financial toll of a traumatic brain injury can be extremely severe, and victims may be able to recover significant financial compensation from the person or entity that caused their TBI. Consequently, it is important for anyone who sustained a traumatic brain injury or any other type of injury in a Florida bicycle accident to contact The Dolman Law Group as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain which occurs when a bump or blow to the head results in a disruption in normal brain function. A concussion2 is the most common form of mild TBI, but the can also be extremely severe and involve open head wounds or object penetrating the skull and injuring the brain. The short term issues associated with a TBI can include headaches, problems with memory, issues with concentration, or varying states of consciousness. More serious TBIs can cause serious long-term complications as well, including coma, cognitive problems, changes in vision, difficulty communicating, and varying degrees of impacted motor control. When these conditions are serious, they may require long-term medical care and prevent a person from working in their previous job or even working at all. As a result, it is very possible for the financial costs associated with treating a traumatic brain injury to easily rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, the after-effects of a TBI can have a significant impact on the emotional state of victims and their families, an injury that may also justify significant financial compensation.
What Kinds of Dangerous Conditions Can Lead to a Bicycle Accident?
Like all preventable accidents, in order to be able to recover for a traumatic brain injury sustained in a bicycle accident victims must be able to establish that their accident was the proximate cause of someone else’s negligence. There are many myriad examples of negligent conduct that could potentially lead to a serious accident, including the following:
- Negligent driving, including speeding, distracted driving, failing to yield the right of way, and driving while impaired.
- Failing to properly maintain property, including driveways, parking lots, bicycle lanes, and school grounds.
- Defective bicycle or bicycle equipment design, manufacture, or marketing.
Contact a Clearwater brain injury attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident may be able to obtain significant financial compensation for their injuries and other losses. Among the kinds of damages that are often available in personal injury cases stemming from a bicycle accident are those for medical expenses, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. The lawyers of The Dolman Law group work tirelessly to help victims of preventable accidents recover for their injuries and hold those responsible for causing their accident liable. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, call The Dolman Law Group today at (727) 451-6900.
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