Bike Accident and Traumatic Brain Injury
Very serious head injuries may occur when bike riders crash at high speeds and are thrown over the front end of their bike. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is classified as any outside force that causes trauma to the head and/or brain. TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in the world today. One of the most common causes of TBI is transportation accidents, including bicycles.
Bike accidents are the primary cause of TBI among children. It is estimated that 107 cyclists under the age of fifteen die in a bike related accident each year and 12,000 suffer some sort of injury. Bicycle TBI accidents can sometimes be reduced by simply wearing a helmet. TBI caused by bicycle accidents cannot always be prevented, but precautions can be taken to reduce the likelihood and incidence of injury.