Instincts in a Bicycle Accident

As biking enthusiasts, we like to think we can rely on instinct to get us through bad spots. There are times when your instincts save your skin, but there are instances when your instincts can let you down.

It’s hard to fight your instincts in those slow-motion moments as you realize you’re going over your handlebars.  Flying headfirst, most riders place their hands and wrists out on the front lines for impact. It’s the very reason hand and wrist breaks are some of the most common injuries in a bike crash.

In those over-the-handlebar accidents, safety experts recommend letting go of the bar quickly and throwing your forearm out in front of you instead of your more delicate hands and wrists. Once you hit the ground, try to roll yourself into a ball to absorb the rest of the fall and protect all your vital organs.

Bones at Risk in a Bicycle Fall

Unfortunately, you can’t protect every body part in an accident. Orthopedic Specialists can predict with alarming accuracy the certain bones you’ll end up fracturing. In fact, they know 20% of all upper extremity injuries in bicycle accidents will end up diagnosed as fractures. Here’s a look at the most common hand and wrist bones to take the worst of it.

  • The Scaphoid Fracture. This is a small wrist bone right below the thumb. A break can lead to swelling and limited thumb motion. This injury can land you in a cast.
  • The Distal Radius. The largest bone of the forearm. It connects to the wrist. The break can lead to pain down the forearm just above the wrist.

Sprains in the Hand and Wrist

The fingers and wrists can get stretched in some uncomfortable ways but luckily you can sometimes avoid a fracture.  The recovery can still be painful and medical treatment is still needed.

  • Finger Sprains. Your extended digits are in the most vulnerable position to get bent out of shape. You can expect ligament damage where the fingers meet the palm.
  • Wrist Sprains. The pain can be mild and can quickly heal.  But be aware.  Extreme damage can require reconstructive surgery.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much money can I be compensated for a hand injury?

The amount of compensation you get for a hand injury will be dependent on the severity of your injury and how it impacts your life. The extent of the medical bills, treatment, rehab and lost time from work will increase your compensation, and the more long-term effect it has on your life the more you will get.

How long do I have to file a claim for a hand injury?

In California, the victim of any personal injury has two years from the date of the injury or from the date the injury was made known.

What if I can’t use my hand anymore, and I lose my job?

If you lose all or some of the use of your hand and can’t do your job anymore, you are entitled to compensation for lost wages, future lost wages, diminished capacity and a reduction in the quality of life, just to name a few. The money you get can be used for expenses to retrain in a new profession.


Contact A Los Angeles Bicycle Law Attorney

Hand injuries can result in expensive medical treatment, pain, and emotional trauma. When the insurance company tries to reduce your claim, you’ll need attorneys on your side who have dedicated their careers to defend cyclists and their loved ones.

At Los Angeles Bicycle Law, we concentrate our practice solely on bicyclists who have been injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of others. We’re dedicated and effective Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers. If you were injured in a bicycle accident in or around Los Angeles or anywhere else in Southern California, contact us right away for a confidential free consultation and case review.