When we hop on a bike most of us at least give a brief thought to protecting our extremities. Doing what we can to shield our elbows, knees, feet, hands, and especially our brains. Relatively few people consider how easily their teeth can come into harm’s way in a bicycle accident.
We use our mouth and teeth to help us hydrate, carb-load, or just snack-up for a ride. If you suddenly lose those functions after a serious bike accident, you’ll quickly realize how important they really are.
A Fall From a Bicycle and Unprotected Teeth
Damage to teeth can happen so easily when we’re out riding. With many bicycle accidents, the cyclist ends up sailing over the handlebars. A helmet has the head protected, but the mouth is left terrifyingly exposed. Sometimes the crown of the head takes the blow, sometimes the hand and arms, but sometimes it’s your face and teeth in the crosshairs.
Bicycle Accidents Threaten Your Smile
We all use our smiles to communicate. We all like to present a friendly face. An injury-inducing encounter with a bad driver can change your appearance and your outlook. An accident can leave you with difficulty doing simple things like chewing your food and talking. It can often take months or years of reconstructive surgery and rehab to fully heal your mouth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you sue someone if you chipped a tooth in a bike accident?
The law requires that if you are injured due to another person’s negligence while riding your bike, then you can be compensated for all medical treatment associated with the injury. This includes a chipped tooth. The person responsible will have to pay for dental procedures, pain and suffering, and any other financial loss that came from the accident.
Can I get my teeth whitened as compensation for a dental injury?
The negligent driver is required to pay for all dental and medical procedures associated with the injury. In most cases, if you want something cosmetic done that’s not related to the injury, you will have to pay for it out of your own pocket. If you can prove the need for whitening is related to the accident, then it will be covered.
Do I need an attorney if I have a dental injury from a bike accident?
When you are injured in an auto accident, the driver’s insurance company will fight to pay you as little as possible, and they are experienced at doing just that. So even though the law doesn’t require you to get an attorney for a personal injury claim, you need someone on your side that knows the law and is experienced at getting maximum compensation under the law.
Contact Los Angeles Bicycle Law Today
Fractured or missing teeth not only affect how and what you eat, but they also affect your appearance. They can require expensive crowns, implants, or bridgework. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence while riding your bike, contact us right away by phone or email for a free consultation and case review.
Our knowledgeable and respected bicycle accident attorneys already know that serious dental injuries are going to leave you with constant pain and emotional issues. Remember that the California legislature has implemented strict time limits on when victims can file claims or personal injury lawsuits, especially if your injuries were caused by a governmental entity. You’ll want to contact us sooner rather than later on any California bicycle accident.