Bike accidents can often result in catastrophic injuries to the cyclist, due to the lack of protection for the cyclist.
The severity of the injury depends on a number of factors, including the speed of the cyclist and any other party, the type of impact, and whether the cyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Below are five common bicycle injuries.
Brain injuries are some of the most common types of injuries that result after a bike accident. Some brain injuries may be relatively minor, such as concussions. However, other brain injuries are traumatic and may result in a person developing a loss of memory, decreased bodily function, and permanent disability.
While wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of a brain injury occurring, it does not provide 100 percent effective prevention of this type of injury. To be safe, cyclists should take every reasonable precaution, including using a helmet at all times.
Head injuries are another of the most common types of bike accident injuries. A cyclist can sustain a head injury when he or she is thrown over the handlebars. The cyclist then has limited control over how he or she will land. Head injuries may consist of a bump, gash, skull fracture or scrape.
Spinal Cord Injuries
When a cyclist lands on his back, neck or head with a certain amount of momentum, he or she may sustain a serious spinal cord injury. This may result in fractures to vertebrae or paralysis.
A cyclist who lands on his or her face is susceptible to sustaining a facial injury. These types of injuries may include damage to the eye, a broken nose, broken teeth, broken jaw, and severe scarring.
Cyclists can break any number of bones, including legs, arms, back, hip, neck, shoulder or nearly any other bone. Multiple fractures are also a strong possibility, requiring extensive treatment and prolonged recovery
If you have been injured in a bike accident, a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer may be able to help. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.