After a winter full of unusually cold weather across the Southeastern U.S., many people are probably eager to get out and enjoy the warmer months of spring and summer. As more welcoming temperatures come around, many people might decide to get on their motorcycles and bicycles.
Tennessee state officials have wasted no time in using the month of March as an opportunity to bring an important safety reminder to bikers. This month is national Brain Injury Awareness Month, so state residents are being reminded to wear helmets.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 46 Tennessee residents were saved by a helmet for every 100,000 registered motorcycles. Not only that, but wearing a helmet is said to reduce the risk of brain injury by as much as 69 percent in the event of a crash.
Of course, wearing a helmet is a practical safety measure that bikers of all stripes should probably take, especially knowing the long-term challenges created by brain injuries. However, others on the road are also responsible for their conduct. Bikers can take every possible precaution, but they are still susceptible to the actions of reckless and negligent drivers. When this happens, severe injury victims may have the ability to recover damages.
As this month continues, it will be important to consider accident victims who have suffered serious head injuries. Every year, it’ estimated that 8,000 Tennesseans visit the hospital with a brain injury. Although treatment is available in some cases, brain injuries are often permanent and recovery is a long, difficult process.