Were You Involved in a Minor D.C. Area Bicycle Accident? Bethesda Bicycle Accident Attorneys Tell You Why You May Still Have a Case

At Lewis & Tompkins, we often hear from potential bike accident clients that are curious as to whether or not they have a case. The reason for their uncertainty is that the accident in which they were involved may have been somewhat minor, resulting in minimal damage to their bike or the car—and sometimes, the accident involved evasive maneuvers that prevented any contact at all.

What is often a common thread in all of these minor accidents is that the cyclist suffered a head injury, most often a concussion. While concussions have become well known to many in the past few decades, recent findings are discovering how concussions affect individuals differently—and how serious even a minor concussion can be in the long run.

Washington, D.C. Bicycle Accident Head Injuries: When a Minor Accident Becomes Serious

Head injuries are some of the most common injuries suffered in biking accidents, and with a bicyclist’s vulnerability to larger, faster vehicles, it is no surprise how even a minor accident can end disastrously.

The typical car-vs.-bike accident typically involves the cyclist being thrown from their bicycle and striking the pavement. Even with a helmet on, the force with which the cyclist’s head hits the pavement is often strong enough to result in a concussion.

While we often hear about concussions, which usually seem to heal quickly, recent findings suggest that a percentage of concussions will continue to affect the victim, including:

  • Long term headaches
  • Decreased mobility or dexterity on one side of the body
  • Psychological effects, including depression

Unfortunately, because of the commonality of concussions, many people disregard the gravity of a head injury and continue on with their daily lives, only to regret not pursuing a more thorough look at the damage incurred.

If you have been in even a minor accident that has left you with a concussion, you may have suffered more internal damage than even your personal doctor is able to pinpoint. Though you may be hesitant to pursue a more detailed diagnosis, head injuries are nothing to trifle with—and if someone else caused your crash that resulted in your head injury, it is their responsibility to compensate your medical treatments.

If you have been injured in even a seemingly minor bicycle accident, contact the Maryland and Virginia bicycle accident lawyers at Lewis & Tompkins at 202.296.0666 to discuss your case. Your no-obligation consultation can help you discover how strong your case is and the type of compensation you may be eligible to receive.

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