Biking in Boston, like many cities across the country, has become more popular during the last couple of years, as consumers use bikes more often for commuting, as well as in competitions, in charity rides, and for pleasure. Also, Boston now offers a bike-sharing option, with stations strategically located across the city, allowing users to rent bikes for a fee.
Bike safety, as a result, has required more attention. In particular, the use of helmets is seen as a critical issue in preventing catastrophic head injuries. HelmetHub is a new venture in Boston, attempting to address the lack of helmet availability for urban bike-share programs. Starting in early September, bike helmet vending machines will be installed next to several high-volume Hubway bike-sharing stations. Riders can rent a helmet for 24 hours that has been sanitized and inspected for safety, similar to renting a ski helmet.
The importance of wearing a helmet while biking, or using other recreational items like skateboards and rollerblades, cannot be overstated. When a sudden impact or trauma occurs, the result can be a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The TBI can be moderate or severe in medical terms, however, the impact on one’s life, in either case, can be significant and chronic. Symptoms associated with brain injury include headaches, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, and fatigue, loss of memory, and mood changes. In severe cases, victims can suffer a catastrophically debilitating injury, leaving them unable to speak or care for themselves. Medical attention should be sought immediately in any brain injury case so the patient can be stabilized to prevent further damage. The primary focus medically is to insure proper oxygen flow to the brain and entire body and to maintain blood flow and proper blood pressure. Insignificant brain injury cases, rehabilitation often includes physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and other psychological and social support systems.
If you have questions about your legal rights relating to traumatic brain and other head injuries, feel free to contact us.