A: West Palm Beach bicycle accidents are a common occurrence; they can cause serious injuries as a result—including head injuries. According to the center for disease control and prevention, upwards of 500,000 people in the United States are treated in the emergency room due to bicycle-related injuries. Perhaps even more shockingly: more than 700 people die due to this fun, exercise-oriented hobby each year.
If you or a loved one has experienced injuries related to a serious bicycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced West Palm Beach accident attorney.
Bicycle Helmets and Serious Brain Injuries
Injuries due to bicycle accidents can be caused by a variety of factors; however, most cases involve drivers who did not see or were not aware of the cyclist. Due to the sheer size of a car and the vulnerable nature of those on bicycles, it is more than advisable to take advantage of every safety feature available.
According to recent statistics released by Safe Kids USA, Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 75 percent while offering substantial protection to the face and forehead. In addition, brain injury may be reduced by as much as 88 percent with proper bicycle helmet use.
Currently, 21 states as well as the District of Columbia have enacted some form of bicycle helmet legislation.
You May be Due Compensation
If your bicycle accident was due to the negligence or careless driving of another individual, you could be entitled to compensation.
If you or your family has experienced a serious bicycle accident, contact Fetterman & Associates at 561-845-2510.