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Common Cycling Injuries Can Leave You Permanently Disabled
Bicycling is one of the healthiest pastimes we have. In addition to the health benefits derived from cycling, it’s a great way to get around and save money on gas and car repairs. But there’s a downside to everything. No matter how conscientious you are to practice safe bicycling habits and obey the rules of the road, you cannot control everything around you while riding your bike.
Bicycle Safety Statistics show that many common injuries from cycling crashes lead to permanent disability, with huge medical bills and other expenses that would be extremely difficult to manage without help. Below are some of the more common cycling injuries and some of the possible outcomes you could face.
Traumatic brain injury: Cyclists should always wear helmets, but statistics show that many adult cyclists do not wear a helmet and are not required to do so by law. Helmets save lives and while many bicycle fatalities are a result of not wearing head protection, even if you are wearing a helmet, you can suffer a head injury that will leave you permanently disabled. If you hit your head hard, even with the additional protection of a helmet, your brain can be knocked up against the side of your skull. The resulting trauma can cause an initial injury that continues to injure other parts of your brain so that it may take days, weeks, months or even years to know the full extent of your injury. Severe TBI can lead to disability, coma and death.
Bone Fractures: Another common bicycle crash injury is one or more bone fractures. When you are struck by a car or thrown from your bike, you have little control of how you land. You could put out your arms to protect your face and head and shatter your wrist, your forearm, elbow joint or all of the above. It is not uncommon to suffer multiple broken and shattered bones from a bicycle accident. How severely you are injured depends on a number of factors, including how fast you were riding, what caused the accident (vehicle, hazardous road condition, etc.), how your body landed and what surface you struck. A bike crash can break and shatter bones and has led to amputation in some cases.
Spinal Injuries: Picture being thrown up in the air like a rag doll, with no control of how or where you land. Spinal injuries can result from landing on a hard surface in such a way that it causes trauma to your back and neck. Spinal injuries can lead to paralysis or death.
Internal Injuries: If, for instance, you hit a pothole because there was no warning, you could wind up being poked hard in the torso by an object like the handlebars of your bicycle, and depending on how hard you’re hit, you could suffer serious internal injuries.
Road Rash: If you’re hit by a car, injuries will almost certainly include road rash. Road rash is when your skin is dragged on a rough surface like concrete or asphalt paving, and the surface grates the skin off your body. If the car misses you but hits your bicycle, you could easily be tangled up in your bicycle and dragged, especially if you’re wearing pedal straps or racing stirrups. Road rash is painful, disfiguring, and can easily cause other problems. Severe road rash can lead to infection when you are left without the protective envelope of your skin.
Dental Trauma: It’s common to break one or more teeth if you hit the road on your face. With good reflexes and sufficient warning, you may get to choose between facial and head injury or shattered forearms and wrists.
Call an Isaacs & Isaacs Bicycle Accident Attorney for Help With Your Injury Claim
There are many factors you cannot control that could lead to a serious bicycle accident. You could be hit by a careless driver or an opening car door. Maybe there’s a hazardous road condition with no warning posted. You could even collide with a pedestrian who steps off the curb without looking.
If you have been in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. And, with many common bicycle accidents, you will likely need all the help you can get. Before you contact the liable party’s insurance carrier, it won’t cost you a penny to call Isaacs & Isaacs for a no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced bicycle accident lawyers. You can call us anytime at 800-800-8888, or fill out our online form without delay. You’ll be happy you did.