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How to deal with a brain injury from a bicycling accident

As someone who cycles frequently, you want to always get back on your bike. Bicycling is an effective way to exercise and get from point A to point B efficiently. While you might not crash or get into an accident often, it is always a possibility for which you should be ready. You should also be ready to deal with particular injuries. 

A brain injury is common to sustain after a bicycle accident. From mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries, here is what you should do if you hit your head in a bike accident.

Know the risks and symptoms

There is a unique risk of getting a brain injury while cycling due to its high-speed nature and potential for colliding with motor vehicles. Common symptoms of a brain injury include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor coordination

If you experience any of these symptoms after you crash your bike, you could have a concussion or TBI. You should also know that these symptoms can sometimes take hours or days to occur. They may not be immediately present after your accident. 

Get medical attention and rest

You should go to your doctor or an urgent care center if you have any symptoms. Getting a proper diagnosis and treatment advice is crucial to recovering as much as possible. If you receive a brain injury diagnosis, your doctor will likely advise you to refrain from cycling for a certain period of time. According to cycling tips website BikeRadar, you might need to wait three weeks to get back on your bike after a brain injury.

Now you are ready to deal with any potential brain or head injury you get from a bicycle crash. If your crash involved a car, truck or other motor vehicle, you should also pursue your insurance and legal options when it comes to getting compensation for your injury. 

 

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