Cycling is a popular pastime in LA. Not only that, more and more people are now commuting on two wheels. While cyclists feel numerous benefits of this, such as enjoyment, improved fitness and reduced costs, there are some drawbacks.
Cyclists are not afforded the same levels of physical protection as their vehicular counterparts. Cyclists are more vulnerable during a collision. The head is particularly exposed, with over 40% of adult cyclists suffering a head injury at some point.
Traumatic brain injuries are common
A bicycle helmet can only go so far in protecting your head. If you fall at speed or a car runs into you, then your head may take the brunt of the force. A helmet may save your life, but you could still be left with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). Ranging from mild to severe, TBIs can leave you out of action for a matter of weeks or many months. In severe cases, the damage done can be permanent.
Facial injuries are another problem
Even if the top of your skull escapes injury, your face is likely to be exposed. Very few cyclists wear full-face helmets, so the nose, teeth and eyes are often vulnerable. A broken nose can be extremely painful and it can affect your breathing. Orbital fractures can impact your vision, resulting in the requirement of complex surgery or the loss of vision. A collision or fall on the hard road surface could break your jaw or dislodge your teeth. Again, you are likely to need multiple surgeries and a long time off of work if this occurs.
You shouldn’t be placed in undue danger because you have taken upcycling. Road users owe you a duty of care and if their negligent actions have caused you harm, you may be entitled to legal compensation.