Even the Best Can Get in a Bicycle Accident
As reported on FoxNews.com, decorated cyclist Todd Lodwick was in a bicycle accident while training in France. Lodwick has won many gold medals in a number of competitions for his cycling skills. It only took a moment of distraction for Lodwick to find himself in a head on collision with a moving car. Luckily for Lodwick, he didn’t sustain any critical injuries. With only bumps and bruises, Lodwick was able to walk away from a bike accident that could have ended his life.
Why are bike accidents so dangerous?
Any accident can be dangerous, but when you look at a bicycle you realize that there is nothing on the bike that will truly absorb a car on impact. The cyclist is exposed to the elements and to the road left only to bicycle safety practices. This brings up the importance of wearing a helmet. After an examination of a few statistics on BHSI.org, we can see that in a typical bicycle accident, the biker is not wearing a helmet. The website estimates that 45 to 88 percent of brain injuries could be prevented with the use of a bicycle helmet.
A typical bike accident
Bikes are obviously more present on busier roads in urban cities. Of course rural areas have bikes too, they just don’t have to share the road with motorists as much as they do in an urban area. Bike accidents tend to occur when a motorist performs an action on the road, like changing lanes, without noticing the cyclist. It is very likely that the biker will be injured in the accident, and if the biker is not wear a helmet the odds of sustaining a brain injury are 14 times higher. Fatalities are common in a bike accident, especially on roads where traffic is moving fast.