Bicycling is a fast-growing form of transportation, but it isn’t always the safest way to travel. Bicycles don’t offer the same protection and safety features that a car does. If a bicyclist is involved in an accident, the injuries can be very serious. Some common bicycle accident injuries include:
While cyclists can mitigate the effects of a head injury by wearing a helmet, helmets don’t protect from all head injuries. The impact of a cyclist’s head on the pavement can cause serious trauma and injuries ranging from concussions to skull fractures.
The impact caused by a bicycle accident can result in the jerking of the neck back and forth. This can result in serious conditions such as whiplash or other neck injuries. Nerves, joints, muscles, tendons, and vertebrae in the neck can become damaged, causing serious pain and the need for extensive treatment.
Because there is nothing surrounding the cyclist to protect them from impact, a cyclist is at high risk of sustaining a bone fracture as a bicycle accident injury. Fractures to the arms, hands, legs, and collarbone are all common results of a bicycle accident. Bone fractures can require extensive healing time and, in some cases, surgery.
If a cyclist is unable to reach out their hand to break their fall in a bicycle accident, then they will impact the pavement with their shoulder. This can result in a separated shoulder. Separated shoulder injuries can range from mild to severe and sometimes require surgery. There is an extensive recovery time for shoulder injuries.
Bicycle helmets generally don’t have a face shield. Sometimes in a bicycle accident, a cyclist’s face will make contact with the pavement. This can result in facial fractures, dental fractures, and other injuries to the face.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you should have an experienced accident attorney evaluate your case. Gregg Goldfarb has over 25 years of experience helping the victims of bicycle accidents. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.