According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015 more than 1,000 cyclists died in accidents and there were 467,000 bicycle injuries. There are thousands of bicycles on the road in New York City, and hundreds of accidents occur every year. Due to the lack of protection to the cyclist, the injuries sustained in bicycle accidents can be serious. The severity of the injuries can depend on a number of factors including the speed of the vehicle involved, the size of the vehicle, where the impact occurred, and whether the cyclist was wearing a helmet. Common bicycle accident injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are the most common type of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. Traumatic brain injuries can range from a concussion to major damage to the brain. These injuries can result in an individual suffering from memory loss, decreased physical functioning, psychological changes, and other permanent effects. While a helmet can protect from most traumatic brain injuries, these injuries are not always 100% preventable.
Spinal Cord Injury
When a cyclist is struck by a vehicle, they have very little control over where they land. If a cyclist lands on their back, head, or neck, a serious spinal cord injury can occur. Spinal cord injuries include fractures, compressed spinal cord, and severed spinal nerves. These injuries can be catastrophic and result in life-altering consequences such as full and partial paralysis.
Because a cyclist lacks the protection that a car has, a bicycle accident can result in serious fractures. Fractures to the legs, arms, shoulder, back, neck, and hip are all commonly seen in bicycle accidents. Multiple fractures can occur in one accident and fractures can result in surgery, extensive treatment, and a prolonged recovery.
Due to the lack of protection, oftentimes a cyclist’s face can make direct contact with the pavement in an accident. This can result in a broken jaw or facial bones. Severe and disfiguring facial lacerations and dental injuries can also occur.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you should consult with an experienced and trusted attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.