Serious Injuries for Cyclists

Now that the Tour de France is over for another year, with an Australian rider winning for the first time in its history, lots of budding cyclists are out on the roads dreaming of winning the Tour.  Whilst the fun and health benefits of cycling are undisputed, it does carry risk particularly when riding on busy roads. 

Tour Fatality

Even professional riders face serious risk most memorably in the 1995 Tour when Fabio Casartelli crashed whilst descending the Col de Portet d'Aspet, Pyrenees.  His unprotected head hit a concrete block causing severe head injury.  Although doctors arrived within seconds and he was flown by helicopter to hospital, he was never revived.  To this day it is unknown whether a cycle helmet would have saved his life, but the Tour organisers following his death made the wearing of cycle helmets compulsory for riders.

Cycle Helmets

Whilst it is not compulsory to wear a cycle helmet in this country, as it is for motorbike riders, it is clearly advisable to do so even though helmet manufacturers are careful to state that their products are no guarantee of effective protection.  Since their common availability, in legal claims involving head injury were a cycle helmet was not worn, the liable party will often argue that the injured victim should bear some responsibility for their injury as a result.  This however should always be strongly contested, unless there is clear evidence that wearing a helmet would have prevented or reduced the severity of the head injury.

Head Injury UK

At Head Injury UK our specialist head injury solicitors are experienced in helping cyclists injured in road accidents.  Whilst there is the risk of serious injury, it should be remembered that hospital admissions data in England shows that relative to cycle use and other common activities, cycling is not dangerous and the risk of serious head injury is low. The wider benefits of cycling greatly outweigh the risks, however should you or a loved one have unfortunately suffered a head injury in a cycling accident then contact Andy Shaw of Head Injury UK to see how he can help you.

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