When you take your bicycle out on the road the reality is that you do so at your own risk these days. Basically, there is always some potential for risk when you’re out for a cycle, whether you use a cycle lane or not.
In the United States alone, over two percent of fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents involved cyclists — this statistic remains constant year after year. In 2019, almost 5,000 cyclists were badly injured while out on the road.
If you’re an avid cyclist and want to learn more about accident injuries you can claim for, just keep on reading.
1. Fractures/Breaks of the Wrist
This is probably one of the most common cycling accident injuries as most people tend to land with the brunt of their weight on their hands, forearms, or wrists. The bones and joints in this area are far more fragile than other areas, so naturally, they are prone to fracture or breakage if the impact is hard enough.
Most of the time, fractures or breaks take place in the center of the ulna or along the radius bone. You may need non-surgical treatment, such as a cast for a few weeks. But if the break is severe, you may have to undergo surgery. You may also need physical therapy to help re-strengthen the area once the cast is removed.
2. Injury/Trauma To the Head
This is one of the more serious types of injuries that happen in cycling accidents. Some forms of head injury include gashes, gouges, and bruising to the head and face. As well as the possibility of concussion. If the impact is hard enough, you could also crack or lose a tooth or two.
If you are not wearing a helmet, this is where head injuries become traumatic and result in neurological damage, as well as serious neck injuries. For example, if you collide with a vehicle and hit their windshield without wearing a helmet, this could cause serious damage to neck vertebrae and traumatic brain injury.
3. A Broken Collar Bone (Clavicle)
Another common injury for cyclists is a broken or fractured clavicle. This type of injury, in particular, is rather painful and uncomfortable to endure because of the constant movement in this area of the body.
A broken clavicle could take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to heal fully. You won’t be able to wear a cast, but may have to wear a cross-body sling to support your arms and shoulders while you heal.
If the break is severe or complicated, surgery may be necessary, as well as physical therapy.
4. Internal Organ Injury
While this injury is not all that easy to identify after an accident, it’s a serious type of injury that requires immediate attention. Falling off your bicycle at high speed or at severe impact can cause major damage to vital organs such as your liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, etc.
In some cases, the impact may be severe enough that it causes internal bleeding and bruising. Some common signs to look out for include unusual abdominal pain, a very rigid abdomen, blood in the urine, cold sweats, and sharp, shooting shoulder pain.
5. Scrapes, Bruises, Road Rash, and Lacerations
Finally, this list would not be complete without some of the more minor bicycle accident injuries. Although they can be just as painful and uncomfortable all the same.
Taking a tumble off your bicycle on hard to tarmac is a painful experience, and if you fall hard, or worse, you’re dragged by a vehicle, this can result in all of the above types of injuries. Not to mention the emotional trauma of it all.
Claim For Your Cycling Accident Injuries
Looking for an experienced lawyer to help you file a claim for the accident injuries you’ve sustained after a cycling accident? If you were hit by a moving vehicle, you have every right to claim, no matter the extent of your injuries.
If you’re based in the Westin, Pembroke Pines, Key Biscayne, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, or Hillsborough Beach regions, please reach out for assistance from us at Vivo Law Offices.