Injuries from bicycle accidents are far more common than you might think. Based on a datasheet published online by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle traffic accidents have been on the rise since 2009.
Injuries from bicycle accidents are far more common than you might think. Based on a datasheet published online by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle traffic accidents have been on the rise since 2009. In 2018, around 900 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents. In the same year, an additional 47,000 cyclists suffered non-fatal injuries in road accidents across the country.
Injuries from bicycle accidents can vary widely from accident to accident, and while some result in minor injuries, other accidents result in catastrophic injuries. Extensive medical treatment may be required depending on the severity of the injury. In addition, some injuries can cause temporary or long-term disability.
Get the compensation you deserve after a bicycle accident
There are a variety of factors that can lead to a bicycle accident. However, if the accident was caused by negligent misconduct by the driver, financial compensation can be granted. In accordance with California law governing personal injury, negligent drivers will be held accountable if their actions cause personal injury.
The most common injuries in bicycle accidents
The vast majority of bicycle accidents result in injuries to the upper and / or lower extremities of the rider’s body. In some cases, these injuries can be minor, resulting in injuries that usually heal quickly. Minor injuries in bicycle accidents can include:
- Muscle sprains,
- Broken bones,
- Abrasion and / or
Unfortunately, cyclists are at a disadvantage when they collide with a moving vehicle. In contrast to vehicle occupants, cyclists do not have the protection that a vehicle offers. Because of their lack of body protection, cyclists are prone to unique injuries. Listed below are some of the most serious injuries that cyclists often suffer.
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1. Traumatic Brain Injuries – According to some reports, helmets are the most effective way to prevent traumatic brain injuries in bicycle accidents. However, under California law, the use of a helmet is only required if the driver is under the age of 17. Traumatic head injuries are serious and can change a person’s life path. With a traumatic head injury, a person may suffer from the following debilitating conditions:
- Slurred speech
- Seizures or convulsions,
- A headache,
- Loss of coordination and / or
- Numbness or weakness in the extremities
2. Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal cord injuries are usually caused by a severe blow to the person’s spine that ultimately breaks or slips the vertebrae. The vast majority of spinal cord injuries do not completely sever the spine. However, these injuries usually have lifelong consequences.
Individuals with a spinal cord injury may undergo medical complications that include:
- Breathing problems
- Heart problems,
- Chronic pain and
- Bladder and bowel disorders
3. Internal injuries – In a serious accident, a person can damage their internal organs. Internal injuries are dangerous and can sometimes go undetected. It is important to realize that these injuries can be life threatening. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person may suffer from a lack of oxygen or blood to vital parts of the body.
A way to get compensation after a bicycle accident
Although many counties across California have invested in bicycle safety including infrastructure, alarming bicycle accidents continue to occur across the state. If a bicycle accident occurs as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, financial compensation may be obtained to cover medical costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering.