Bicyclist suffers major head injury in vehicle collision

Brain Injuries,Our Blog | December 6, 2017

A head injury is one of the worst kinds of injuries a bicyclist can suffer from. In fact, a recent car versus bicycle accident proved catastrophic after a female bicyclist suffered a serious head injury in Middletown.

The 45-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle on a Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:15 p.m., while she was riding her bike. First responders described her injuries as “major head trauma.” Although emergency workers flew her to a Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by way of a REACH helicopter, the woman’s current condition is unknown.

The California Highway Patrol offered reports on the incident, saying that the woman was riding her bike on Highway 29 close to the intersection with St. Helena Creek Road. She was traveling northbound, while legally riding her bike along the shoulder of the highway.

Police believe that the woman may have turned her bicycle into the path of an oncoming vehicle, and that she hadn’t seen the car, which police estimate was traveling at a speed of 40 to 45 mph. The force of the collision ejected the woman from her bicycle and she crashed against the vehicle’s windshield. Miraculously, she survived but not without suffering a critical head injury. Police do not suspect that alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.

This accident is a tragic example of a head injury case following a bicycle versus car crash. Considering that the female bicyclist was flown by helicopter to the hospital, the costs associated with her emergency services and subsequent medical care will no doubt be high. Depending on the circumstances of her crash, she might be able to pursue financial compensation to cover these costs.

Source: Record-Bee Community News, “Bicyclist suffers head injury in collision,” Nov. 30, 2017