While cycling is a great way to exercise and enjoy the scenery, accidents do happen. In fact, 857 cyclists died in bicycle accidents in a single year in the U.S. When a rider on a lightweight bicycle is struck by a considerably heavier vehicle, the injuries can be very serious. On the other hand, many cyclists suffer injuries from falling off their bike or hitting a curb.
No matter how it happens, bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries. Below are four of the most common bicycle accident injuries.
Traumatic injuries are some of the worst injuries that can result from a bike accident. Skull fractures, cranial hemorrhage, concussions, and contusions are examples of common traumatic injuries.
You can often prevent head trauma and skull fractures by wearing a helmet. However, the collision force can lead to other head and brain injuries. These very serious injuries can significantly affect the life of a bicyclist, often leaving them in need of medical care and rehabilitation for the rest of their life.
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents leave many riders with spinal cord injuries. Often, the injury occurs when a cyclist is hit by a vehicle from the rear. The impact of the collision or the impact of the cyclist hitting the road can be severe. Many times, vertebral fractures and damage to the spinal cord result from these types of accidents.
Because a bicyclist doesn’t have protection around their body, a collision with a car often leads to a bone fracture. The collarbone, wrists, and arms are the most commonly fractured bones from a bicycle accident and happen when the cyclist reaches for the ground to break their fall. Also, some cyclists sustain injuries to their hip, pelvis, and legs. A broken bone is a major injury that often+ requires surgery and physical therapy to heal.
A cyclist’s face is very vulnerable to injury as the rider usually doesn’t wear any sort of face protection. If the bicyclist’s face hits the ground, the rider can suffer significant injuries such as a broken jaw, broken teeth, and facial fractures. Unfortunately, these injuries can be very painful and persist for a long time.
While eye injuries are rare, they do happen. That’s why it’s a good idea to always wear eye protection while cycling to reduce the risk or an eye injury.
Don’t make the crucial mistake of negotiating your case on your own. Remember, the insurance companies are not your friends, and their attorneys will use every trick at their disposal to reduce or even eliminate your compensation.
Make sure you have an advocate in your corner from the Law Offices of Scott Righthand. Our bicycle accident injury attorneys will fight for your rights and vigorously pursue the maximum compensation you deserve. Let us lead your case so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us for a free initial consultation now.
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