Possible Injuries from Bicycle Accidents

There are a multitude of injuries that can be caused by bicycle accidents. No matter the severity, we are here to help. Below are some, but not all, possible injuries that can occur when involved in a bicycle accident. Bicycle accidents are not limited to bicycle and car accidents either, they can be pedestrian-related, motorcycle related, improper signage or municipal road work related and more.

  • Fractured clavicle
  • Head trauma
  • Neck injury
  • Brain injury
  • Dental injury
  • Jaw dislocation
  • Joint dislocation
  • Elbow fracture
  • Broken leg
  • Hand fracture
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Ruptured disc
  • Disc bulge
  • Broken or fractured bones

Of course, it goes without saying that the worst-case scenario is death. While there is no compensation in the world that can make up for loss, a monetary settlement can at the very least assist with bills and medical expenses as well as any additional services the family will incur. Pattenaude Law will always put family first and do what will best serve and settle the case at the family’s discretion.

Paralysis and brain damage is another horrible, and unfortunately common, occurrence in bicycle-related accidents. Oftentimes families think there is nothing that can be done to redress damages and injuries that are or are seemingly irreversible. Again, while a case or settlement may seem insignificant next to the quality of life of the injured party, a settlement can at least cover most, if not all, medical expenses charged. Particular injuries will require surgery, which of course is often a steep expense. Whether it be a one-time or ongoing treatment, you and your family deserve costs to be covered by the party at fault.

While injuries and damages are never in our control, here are some tips on how to try and avoid bicycle-related accidents from happening:

 

  • First and foremost, be aware of your surroundings and fellow drivers and riders. Remaining alert can help avoid an accident.
  • Always wear a helmet. Again, always wear a helmet.
  • Use proper hand signals and utilize your mirrors.
  • Ride in the direction of traffic, never against it.
  • Always adhere to road rules – cyclists are not exempt from standard rules of the road.
  • Wear lights at night and brightly colored clothing.
  • Give yourself as much space as possible between vehicles and other cyclists.
  • When riding in a group, ride single file and have signals or a communication system for warning each other about possibly dangerous vehicles or road obstructions.
  • Also when riding in groups, always pass on the left. Just as with slower motor traffic, do not pass on the right.

As mentioned, an accident can never be predicted. Even following all the rules of the road and knowing the lay of the land, you can still find yourself in an unpredictable position. Know your rights, know the rules and always wear a helmet. Put yourself and your safety first. Bicycle accidents can occur at anytime, in any setting — not just on busy roads or at night.

Also remember that even if no immediate physical injuries occur when in a bicycle related accident, a delayed injury can transpire. Sometimes bruising or pain can appear days or weeks to follow the initial crash or collision. A case may also be legitimate for covering the costs of personal or material damage. This would be relevant in order to cover costs of damages, whether it be to your bicycle itself or any personal belongings that may have been damaged during the accident.

If you believe you have a case, call today for your free personal evaluation.
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