Head Trauma in a North Highlands Bicycle Accident
A North Highlands bicyclist suffered serious head trauma on August 4 after being involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. Police reported that the accident happened shortly before 5:00 in the afternoon at the intersection of Auburn Boulevard and College Oak Drive. The injured bicycle rider was transported to a hospital nearby for treatment and further evaluation. Police reported that the rider appeared to be between the ages of 16 and 20. The driver that was involved in the collision with the cyclist remained at the scene of the crash and cooperated with local police in their investigation of the incident.
What an Injury Lawyer Can Do for You
Head trauma is a common injury associated with cyclists. This is due to their lack of protection, and such injuries are often serious. Due to the nature of head trauma, it is best to call a personal injury lawyer to evaluate the accident. Our investigators are sent to the accident site to determine who was at fault. Proving negligence is an important part of filing a claim to obtain the compensation our clients deserve. We will check the police reports for accuracy and look for other clues. Our investigators typically obtain video footage from traffic cameras or businesses in the area that show how the accident happened. We also interview witnesses who were at the scene of the crash. Once we have gathered pertinent information, our legal team works to build a strong case against the defendant. This will be used to negotiate with the insurance company or presented in civil court.
What Is a Head Injury?
A head injury occurs when the scalp, skull, or brain is damaged. Such injuries range from mild to serious. For example, a scalp laceration will heal after it is sutured, usually without complications. Alternately, a traumatic brain injury can cause serious harm and affect a person’s life. The type of treatment that is used varies according to the severity of the injury.
Types of Serious Head Trauma
Serious head trauma can have a profound impact on the person’s wellbeing and their life. Some of the most common are:
- Hematoma: This form of head trauma causes a buildup of blood on the surface of or within the brain. Surface build up can put pressure on the brain and often needs to be surgically drained. If the hematoma occurs within the brain, more delicate means of relieving it must be used.
- Concussion: This occurs when the brain impacts the hard skull that houses it. It is often caused by deceleration/acceleration injuries but can be the result of a direct blow. Healing time is usually within six months. If the person suffered repeated concussions, it may take longer to heal.
- Hemorrhage: This type of head trauma can also occur around or within the brain. Usually, there is profuse bleeding. If it occurs within the brain, it is called intracerebral hemorrhage. Alternately, if it occurs in the area around the brain, it is referred to as a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
- Fracture: The bones of the skull are hard and strong. When they do fracture, the brain may be harmed. This is due to the fact that the skull bones lack marrow and can not deflect the impact.
North Highlands Bicycle Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a North Highlands bicycle accident lawyer. Serious injuries can lead to extensive hospitalization with resulting medical bills, lost time at work and other losses. If this happened to you or a loved one, I would be honored to give you my free and friendly advice. Phone me at (916) 921-6400. Those living outside the area code can reach me through (800) 404-5400. An online contact form on my website AutoAccident.com is also available.
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During my 37 years as a personal injury lawyer, I’ve helped numerous North Highlands residents to obtain financial damages for their accident injuries. I represent injured residents in a number of areas, including all kinds of motor vehicle crashes, traumas such as brain injuries and wrongful deaths.
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