A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health links bike-sharing programs to head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Bike-sharing, offered in many major cities, has become a popular method of transportation for city residents and tourists. However, because bikers who use a bike-sharing system are less likely to have or use a bicycle helmet, there is a greater risk of head injury.
What is Bike Sharing?
Bike-sharing is a service offered in many major cities where bikes are made available for short-term use. Typically the bikes are parked at stations located around a city. Members of the bike-share are allowed to ride the bike from one station to any other station, and have the option to pay by the hour or to pay for a monthly or annual membership.
Bike-Sharing and Head Injuries
The convenience of bike-sharing programs is one of the reasons why they have been linked to an increase in head injuries. Because the bikes are available on-the-go, tourists and/or residents often do not have all of the biking safety equipment that they may have at home. The bike-sharing services typically do not provide helmets.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a minor traumatic brain injury (MTBI) can occur as the result of a bicycling accident, such as a fall from the bike or a collision with a motor vehicle. Typically, a brain injury occurs when there is a sudden trauma, such as when the head hits an object. However, a brain injury can also occur as the result of more mild or repeated blows. Symptoms of a brain injury can include:
- Dilated pupils;
- Trouble sleeping;
- Slurred speech;
- Loss of memory;
- Loss of coordination;
- Increased confusion; and
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
If you have suffered injuries as the result of a bicycle accident, a Maryland traumatic brain injury attorney may be able to help you recover damages. For example, a common cause of bike accidents is driver negligence, such as a failure to yield. Under the law of negligence, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
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