Being struck by a car or truck while riding a bike often proves fatal because the injuries can be catastrophic. But even when a bicyclist survives, he or she can be left with the effects of a traumatic brain injury.
It is difficult to come to terms with the new normal of coping with a TBI. Emotions can run the gamut from anger to anxiety, then sadness at what is lost and fear for an uncertain future. TBI patients may long for the days before their accident when their memories weren't clouded and their relationships strained.