Riding a bicycle is a fun way to commute to work while also getting in some exercise and enjoying the open air. While the benefits of cycling are many, they come with some disadvantages, including the risk of accidents and injuries.
Motor vehicle accidents kill about 800 bicyclists every year, and the victims that escape unharmed might still be left with tremendous physical and emotional damage. The following are some common injuries that cyclists might suffer in a crash.
Head injuries suffered by cyclists can include skull fractures, concussions, and more serious brain injuries. These injuries are far too common, accounting for between 25% and 50% of all injuries in bicycle accidents. It’s recommended you wear a helmet at all times when cycling, though this does not provide complete protections.
Up to 60% of all bicycle-related fatalities are from head injuries suffered in accidents. If a cyclist survives, the effects of a brain injury can also be devastating to the victim’s life.
Cyclists can suffer traumatic brain injury without any visible sign of injury on the head. Symptoms of traumatic head injuries can include:
A large percentage of bikers will suffer soft tissue injuries and musculoskeletal trauma. These injuries might involve torn knee ligaments or broken legs, and riders that attempt to protect themselves from a fall may suffer broken wrists, hands, and dislocated shoulders. Severe bodily trauma can also cause internal bleeding.
Hip injuries can be from side crashes or falling from a bike and can significantly impact the victim’s life. Common hip injuries include:
A fractured jaw, lost teeth, road rash, broken nose, and eye or vision damage are typical facial injuries in bicycle accidents. Injuries to the face can also involve puncture wounds, contusions, scarring, and chronic nerve pain.
Cyclists hit with extreme force can land on their back and neck and sustain severe injuries. Severe trauma to the spinal cord can damage spinal columns, cause paralysis, loss of motor skills, and severe pain.
Victims who suffer serious back injuries can have difficulties performing their daily tasks and experience significant financial problems. Common neck and back injuries include:
Various factors can cause a bicycle accident to turn fatal, such as unsafe road conditions, drunk driving, alcohol use, and speeding. Speak to a wrongful death lawyer if someone you know was killed in a bicycle accident.
Bicycle accidents can be devastating and, in some cases, fatal. Talk to our legal team if you or your loved one was injured in an accident, and we can help you get maximum compensation. We work to ensure insurance companies pay to the full extent of losses and injuries. Schedule a call and speak with the Law Offices of Scott Righthand if you were injured in a bicycle accident.
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