As the weather gets warmer, more and more people are biking to work. While bicyclists and motorist are obligated to follow the rules of traffic, accidents do occur. Bicycle accidents are more dangerous and lead to more severe injuries simply because there is nothing protecting the person on the bike. Common injuries include:
Head and Brain Injuries: With or without a helmet, impacts of a head hitting the ground during a bicycle accident can lead to serious injuries like skull fractures, concussions and sometimes traumatic brain injuries.
Spinal Cord Injuries: If the bicyclist’s spinal cord was injured during the accident, it can sometimes lead to paralysis.
Fractures: Depending on how the bicyclist hits the ground, fractures can occur in the foot, ankle, knee, hip, pelvis, arms, shoulder and sometimes the face.
Internal Injuries: Also depending on how the bicyclist hits the ground, internal injuries to the spleen, pancreas, and lungs can occur. Also, hernia and bowel contusion can occur.
Strains and Dislocations: Straining of muscles, tendons, and ligaments can also occur especially in the shoulder area from bracing for impact.
Superficial Trauma: This includes skin and soft tissue injuries such as cuts, abrasions, road rash, lacerations, bruising and contusions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that bicyclists make up 2% of all traffic-related deaths.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death due to a bicycle accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to collect damages. Damages include medical bills, ongoing medical costs, lack of earning potential, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment.
In New York, there is no-fault insurance. This means your own insurance company covers the cost of your medical treatment. However, sometimes insurance companies don’t give enough money for lifelong treatment. This is why it is important to hire a personal injury lawyer to get the compensation you deserve.
For more information, please contact us for a free consultation regarding your accident.