As the weather continues to get warmer here in New York, more and more people will use bikes for both leisure and transportation. As well-intentioned as this is, biking is not without risk, especially when cyclists and those around them don't take proper precautions. Falling off of a bike or being struck by a motor vehicle can result in serious head and brain injuries for a cyclist. Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent harm while riding on a bicycle that are very simple and easy to do.
There are many ways that a pedestrian can be hurt in a traffic accident here in New York. One common way is when a driver making a left turn cuts diagonally across the intersection, often at increased speeds, which makes it harder to stop quickly for a crossing pedestrian. Experts say that there are simple ways to prevent these types of collisions that often result in serious head and brain injuries. One of the most effective, according to a recent study, is by upgrading the infrastructure at intersections to encourage drivers to slow down. Experts say that adding rubber curbs and bollards to keep drivers from making diagonal, quick turns will save lives.
No one here in New York ever expects to suffer a head injury, but those who do often see their lives change in an instant. Even a "mild" brain injury, like a concussion, can impact a person's life, in both cognitive and physical ways. There are ways to prevent concussions, and the good news is that utilizing these strategies may even help prevent more serious head and brain injuries as well.
People with brain injuries know all too well how life-changing they can be. Depending on the precise injury, a person could experience both cognitive and physical ability impairment. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month in New York and across the nation and advocates want people to know the facts about brain injuries and just how they can impact people's lives.
Walking with children in a residential neighborhood here in New York state is generally considered to be a fun, pleasant activity. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean that pedestrians are safe from nearby traffic. Nowhere is this more clear than in the case of a crash that happened late last year that left two pedestrians dead and a toddler with a traumatic brain injury. The woman said to have caused the crash was recently indicted on several charges.
People who suffer injuries to their head or brain often face life-changing circumstances. They may see impairments to both their physical and cognitive abilities. The care they need could extend over the rest of their life, and a full recovery may never be possible. This is why many advocates here in New York and elsewhere are pushing for safety measures that many people have never really considered in the past but that may prevent head injuries.
Any injury to the brain is a serious matter. A brain injury can result in impaired function that may continue for the rest of the person's life. In some cases, it can even lead to death. The recent death of a New York City landlord who was hurt during a disagreement with his tenant shows just how serious brain injuries can be.
With all of the recent coverage of concussions in contact sports, such as football and hockey, the public has become far more aware of brain injuries and their effect on people's lives.
There are few injuries that are more severe than head trauma. Whether it occurs in an automobile accident, work incident, or a slip-and-fall at another's property, the aftermath of an injury to the head can be overwhelming. In some cases, this injury can completely alter the life of the injured, as trauma to the brain can impact a person's cognitive abilities and even his or her ability to work or care for him or herself. A brain injury can also cause financial ruin while the victim is already consumed by the pain and suffering resulting from the injury.
Most New Yorkers would argue that a person's head is the most important part of the human body. It not only encompasses many physical features, but also the head holds and secures one's brain. This vital organ could, nonetheless, suffer significant harm in the event of an accident. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, could significantly alter one's personality and even his or her ability to do normal daily activities.