Bicycle Accidents Can Cause Permanent Injuries
Riding a bike is one of the best ways to get exercise, enjoy being outside, and reduce your carbon footprint. Each year, more people are opting to use a bicycle for commuting to and from work. Some companies even offer their employees incentives for opting to ride a bike instead of driving a car. With an influx of bicycles on the road each year, there has been an increase in bike accidents as well. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 1,000 persons died and another 467,000 were injured while riding a bike. Unfortunately, an injury sustained on a bicycle can oftentimes be permanent and impact your life in a serious way.Common Bike Accident Injuries
A bicycle accident injury can be incredibly serious, or even deadly. Most of these accidents occur when a rider is struck by a moving vehicle on the road or while stopped at an intersection. Since a bike rider is typically not protected by anything except for a helmet, they are always at a disadvantage in a collision. While wearing a helmet is an incredibly important safety measure, it is not always enough to protect the rider from experiencing a serious injury. Some potentially permanent injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Cognitive impairment
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Long-term soft tissue damage
- Nerve damage
The immediate aftermath of an accident can feel confusing and incredibly difficult. Although you might want to move on and forget that it happened, there are several important steps to take if you are injured in a bicycle accident.
- Contact the police. Alerting the police and filing an accident report is one of the most important steps to take. The police will record the facts of the accident, make sure that the area is safe, and help to document what happened.
- Collect witness testimony. Talk to the people nearby who observed the accident. Collect written and when possible, recorded testimony from anyone who saw what happened.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think you have any serious injuries, it is important for a medical professional to document your examination. It is not uncommon for certain injuries to present symptoms days or even weeks after the initial impact.
- Consult an attorney. You might be on the fence about hiring legal consultation to help work through your case, and talking with an attorney can help answer any initial questions you might have.
If you have been injured while riding your bicycle, the consequences can be devastating and overwhelming. Working through the process of recovering compensation from a negligent party or an insurance company can add stress to an already difficult situation. Attorney Stephen M. Lawler is here and ready to fight for your just compensation. Call today at (813) 431-4470 or visit online to schedule an initial consultation.