Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycling is a great way to get exercise, and it’s an inexpensive method of transportation. However, it can be dangerous and lead to many types of bicycle accident injuries. Whether caused by a distracted motor vehicle or a defect in the road, bicycle accidents can be devastating.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, attorney Michael Stephenson at Los Angeles Bicycle Law can help. He understands the stress that an accident can cause. For help throughout LA and surrounding areas, contact us today at (424) 230–3240.
Common Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
- Brain Injury – Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may occur when riders fall from their bikes, resulting in anything from mild concussions to severe brain damage.
- Head Injury – When riders are thrown off bikes or over the handlebars, head injuries can occur, even when a helmet is worn.
- Facial Injury – Because they have little to protect their faces, riders often suffer facial injuries, or maxillofacial trauma, in bike accidents.
- Dental Injury – Chipped or cracked teeth and broken jaws and other dental injuries often occur when riders hit the pavement.
- Amputation – Loss of a body part, such as fingers, toes, arms, and legs, is common in traumatic bicycle accidents.
- Bone Fractures – Broken bones may result in the need for surgical procedures and long rehabilitation time.
- Joint Dislocation – Bicyclists often twist and turn in awkward positions when falling, resulting in joint dislocation.
- Spinal Cord Injury – Damage to the spinal cord can result in permanent injuries that last the rest of your life.
- Neck Injury – Damage to tendons and vertebrae in the throat and neck are common in bicycle accidents.
- Nerve Damage – The trauma sustained in a bicycle accident can result in nerve damage throughout the body.
- Paralysis – When a large vehicle challenges a bicycle, a wreck can result in paralysis, or the inability to move part or all the body.
- Fatalities – Bike accidents may be fatal due to the severity of injuries that occur. We can help with a wrongful death claim.
In additional to physical injuries, you may sustain emotional trauma that can impact your life in far-reaching ways. Cyclists may become scared of riding after an accident, and they may even develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Treatment may require medication and ongoing therapy for these psychological issues.
Common psychological issues may include anxiety, depression, insomnia, nightmares, and other emotional pain. These types of mental injuries are just as compensable in accident claims as physical injuries. You can recover for medical treatment you receive associated with emotional trauma as well as medications you take for your conditions.
Sometimes physical injuries can also lead to emotional issues. Brain injuries, for example, can result in cognitive difficulties and mental trauma. It is not uncommon for someone with a traumatic brain injury to suffer memory loss, confusion, and impaired motor skills as well.
Knee pain is common because of the position of the knees when riding the bicycle. Cyclists often experience injuries in the patella and quadriceps when cleats are fixed to the pedals.
Lower Back Pain
Cyclists are bent over a bicycle, so when an accident happens, the back is particularly exposed. Even riding a bike in the normal position results in a lot of stress to the spine. For strokes to the pedals to be stronger, the body must be flexed, often resulting in back pain. There are certain bicycle frames that can alter the position of a rider to protect the back.
Neck pain may start at the base of the skull and run alongside the neck to the shoulders. Any time there is trauma to the body, the neck muscles can be over extended when the head shakes back and forth. Neck injuries can also be caused by overuse as the neck holds the head up for a long period of time while riding. It can be helpful to fix your posture and use kinesiology tape on the back.
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury; however, the Achilles tendon can also be injured during accidents. The bicycle should be adjusted properly for the rider, and secure shoes should be worn at all times. If there is swelling in the tendon, riders should use ice and rest.
Although this may sound minor, it can prohibit the ability to work, especially if you have a physically demanding job. When muscle tightness becomes too much, tearing can occur, which can take months to heal. A foam roller can help soothe tight muscles, but a doctor should be consulted if you think you have a torn muscle. They often require surgical repair and physical therapy.
Recovering From Bicycle Accident Injuries
Even minor injuries sustained in a bicycle accident can take months to heal. Muscles and soft tissue are often harmed in single bicycle accidents, and bones may be broken in bicycle vs. car accidents. Regardless of what type of injury you sustain, you should seek medical help right away.
The pain of your injuries can be severe and last weeks or months. While doctors may treat it with medication, physical therapy and strength building is also necessary in many cases.
A Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, and other losses you’ve suffered due to your injuries.
Call a Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one have sustained bicycle accident injuries, call Los Angeles Bicycle Law. We can help.