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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.
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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.