August 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Cycling: the sport most likely to lead to a head injury, study finds---
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When you think of sports with the highest risk of head injuries, you likely would think of contact sports like football, hockey or even baseball. As bicycling has a reputation as a rather safe sport, you likely would not include it in the list. However, despite its reputation, bicycling is responsible for the most brain injuries of all sports, according to a recent study.
The study, conducted by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, found that bicycle accidents caused approximately 86,000 of the 447,000 sports-related brain injuries in 2009. The Texas pastime of football was only responsible for 46,000 brain injuries. Baseball trailed the other two sports, causing only 38,394 brain injuries.
The study also debunked the myth that football is the most dangerous sport for young players as far as head injuries go. It found that football was only responsible for 21,878 head injuries to children under 14, approximately half of the 40,272 injuries caused by cycling.
One of the reasons that the authors of the study offered as an explanation for the high number of brain injuries among cyclists is the frequency of collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 48,000 bicyclists were injured in such collisions in 2011 alone.
The severity of the cyclists' injuries often depends on whether they are wearing a helmet. According to medical experts, human skulls can fracture even in low-speed impacts. As helmets absorb much of the force of the collision, they can reduce the risk of a traumatic brain injury by about 88 percent.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, many cyclists do not realize the danger that collisions with motor vehicles pose. As a result, many do not take proper safety precautions like wearing helmets. According to accident data, those who opt not to wear a helmet do so at their own peril. In 2009, almost all (90 percent) of the bicyclists who were killed in bicycle accidents were not wearing a helmet.
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Texas has no state law that mandates riders to wear helmets. A handful of cities and municipalities in Texas have adopted ordinances to requiring helmets for young bicyclists, however McAllen is not one of them. Despite the lack of legal requirement to do so, it is important to take safety precautions the next time that you ride your bike.
Despite taking all measures to ensure your safety, accidents will happen. Unfortunately, many bicycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers who are talking on their cellphones, texting or otherwise not paying attention. Fortunately bicyclists who are injured in these situations have a right to file a lawsuit against the driver to recover compensation for the financial losses caused by their injuries, which can be substantial, especially if a brain injury is involved.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a careless driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can advise you of your right to compensation and work to hold the responsible party accountable for his or her negligence.
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