San Diego Bike Accident Head Injury Lawyer
Head Injury in a Bicycle Accident
Head injuries are one of the most common – and dangerous – of the injuries sustained in bike collisions. Even bicyclists who are wearing a helmet can sustain very serious head and brain injuries when impacted by a vehicle. In a recent year, 800 people died from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident, with an estimated 515,000 people injured, as reported by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). California has one of the highest rates of bicycle accidents in the nation, many of which leave the bicyclist with permanent disabilities.
Dangerous Driving Conduct and Bike Head Injuries
Drivers often engage in behaviors that endanger bicyclists. These include talking on cell phones, texting, daydreaming, distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, and reckless driving. Dooring – when a parked motorist opens their door directly into a passing cyclist – is also very hazardous and often resulting in a head injury when an unsuspecting cyclist is thrown onto the roadway. A large percentage of bike head injuries are the result of negligent driving conduct. The responsible party must be held accountable – and we can help.
Traumatic Brain Injury
In California, if you are under 18 you are required to wear a bicycle helmet. Unfortunately, a helmet cannot completely prevent a head injury. When a bicyclist is hit, they are often thrown into the air, onto the vehicle and the roadway, and suffer a secondary impact from the initial vehicle or another vehicle traveling nearby. The CDC reports that about 26,000 people suffered head injuries as a result of a bicycle accident. A traumatic brain injury often has long term or permanent consequences for the victim, including:
- Cognitive deficits: Difficulty with attention, focus, concentration, memory.
- Confusion: Unable to process information.
- Speech and language: Cannot understand the spoken word, difficulty speaking or being understood, slurred speech, reading and writing problems.
- Sensory problems: Difficulties with the sense of touch, heat or cold, movement, body position, hearing, smell, taste.
- Vision problems: Partial or complete loss of vision, weak eye muscles, double vision, blurred vision, difficulty in depth perception, involuntary eye motion, light sensitivity.
- Physical changes: Paralysis, chronic pain, bowel and bladder control problems, loss of stamina, sleep disorders, menstrual troubles.
- Social or emotional impairments: Lack of motivation, irritability, depression, aggression, dependence issues, other emotional or social problems.
Head Injury After a Bike Accident? Call Jurewitz Law Group for Help.
At Jurewitz Law Group, our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys are committed to providing our clients with professional, compassionate counsel. Our duty is to manage every detail of the case, from start to finish. Whether your case involves a school, a neighbor, or any public or private individual or entity, you can be confident in our ability to help you fight for justice. We have recovered tens of millions in damages for our clients to date, and you can rely on us to work hard for you. We are driven to get results, as we personally care about every person we represent. We are proud to have been named "Best of the Bar 2016" By San Diego Business Journal.
Call the San Diego personal injury lawyers at our firm at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020 today for top level legal assistance in a bike accident head injury case. We will help you fight for justice.
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Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.