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Cyclist alive after horrific accident and traumatic brain injury

The idea of using a bicycle as a sole source of transportation has gained more traction in this country. The benefits of this are obvious -- not only is it better for the environment, but it also reduces transportation costs and is a great source of exercise. However, when an Ann Arundel cyclist hears of a serious car accident involving a bicycle, he or she might be more concerned about personal safety on the road, especially when the accident results in the cyclist suffering serious injury or a traumatic brain injury.

A 56-year-old male cyclist recently recounted a serious car accident that involved him just over two years ago that affected his life in no small way. While riding on an out-of-state highway, the cyclist was almost killed one morning when a 21-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel and struck the rear of his bicycle. The man was thrown onto the windshield and then was dragged nearly 10 feet. Luckily, he was wearing a helmet.

Although the helmet may have saved his life, he still suffered a traumatic brain injury, in addition to several other serious injuries. He was in the ICU for eight days but was back on a bike a month later. However, it took him over seven months to return to work full-time; he went to a speech therapist for a month and a half, and suffered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

This cyclist's story underscores the fact that when an individual suffers a traumatic brain injury, the injury could have lasting and devastating effects on that individual's life and family. For example, a family member who is injured in a car accident will have to cope with the emotional effects as well as the financial setbacks -- such as medical bills and loss of income -- that are often incurred in a serious accident. Victims of these types of car accidents in Ann Arundel and beyond have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. A verdict in his or her favor can sometimes provide needed compensation for the financial burdens resulting from the accident.

Source: dcourier.com, "Prescott cyclist still feels fortunate to be alive 2 years after brutal accident", Ed Wisneski, Sept. 20, 2015

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