Common Bike Accident Injuries
California’s pleasant weather and scenic views lend themselves perfectly to bike riding. Cyclists, however, lack the metal shell of a vehicle protecting motorists and others on the road. Because of this, collisions between bike riders and passenger cars often lead to serious injury to the cyclist. Below, we discuss a few of the more common injuries suffered by bike riders after traffic accidents. If you’ve been injured in a bike accident in Southern California, call a dedicated Calabasas bike accident injury attorney for advice and representation.
Falling from a bike at high speeds often results in a blow to the head or face, either at the point of impact or when hitting the street. Such an impact can lead to a skull fracture or severe scrape. Impacts or resulting fractures can cause brain damage.
Depending upon the angle at which the cyclist hits the road and whether they were wearing a helmet, they may experience severe facial damage as well. Bike riders can wind up with a broken nose, lost or broken teeth, a fractured jaw, damage to their eyes, or road rash leading to facial scarring. Facial injuries can be extremely painful and may result in long-term scarring, disfigurement, or functional limitations.
Back and Spine Injury
Bikers who are thrown onto their heads or backs may suffer an impact to the spine, or they may have their torso contorted so as to cause injury to the back or spine. Damage to the neck or spine can lead to chronic pain, herniated discs, or long-term damage such as paralysis. Severe trauma to the neck or spine can also lead to coma or death.
Traumatic Brain Injury
California law requires bike riders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Cyclists aged 18 or older are not required to wear a helmet. We strongly encourage helmet use, especially when riding on busy streets. Crashing without a helmet–or even with a helmet–can lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI occurs when a blow to the head causes the brain to rattle around inside the skull. Even minor TBI can cause concussion and unpleasant symptoms, while more severe or repeated TBI can cause unconsciousness, neurological damage, and long-term or permanent harm including possible coma or death.
Broken Knees, Wrists, and Other Fractures
Cyclists who are thrown from their bikes often land on their hands or knees on the road. It’s common to experience bone fractures in the wrists, fingers, elbows, knees, or other extremities. Sprains, strains, and dislocations are also common. These injuries can range from minor to severe, and in extreme cases may even result in limb amputation.
Depending upon the speed the cyclist was traveling as well as the speed of the vehicle with which the bike collided, the cyclist might be thrown into the street at a high rate of speed. A person thrown onto the street at high speeds may severely scrape their face, legs, arms, hands, or torso on the road. The extreme friction can cause the skin to scrape off, leaving open, raw wounds or burns.
A bicycle crash can result in all manner of internal injuries. Impact with a vehicle or the road can rupture the spleen, cause a bowel contusion, impact the chest or lungs, perforate the veins, or cause a traumatic hernia. These injuries can be especially insidious because they might not be immediately apparent after an accident. It’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible after a bike crash to avoid exacerbating the damage caused by a latent or hidden injury.
Call Today for Dedicated, Effective Representation from a Skilled Southern California Bike Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident in Southern California, the tried-and-true personal injury legal team at the Halpern Law Firm is here to help. We fight to get you the compensation you and your family deserve. Call us at 818-785-5999 today for a Free No-Risk Confidential Consultation. These cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged any attorney’s fees unless we win.