If you collide with a car or truck while bicycling, the results may be tragic. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 800 cyclists died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016, which is the most bicyclist fatalities in one year since 1991.
Even when bicycle collisions do not result in death, there may be serious injuries. Here are some of the most common cycling injuries:
An accident involving a motor vehicle may hurt you in the following ways:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Back injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
- Chipped or broken teeth
The most life-threatening injuries are the ones that affect the head and brain. Wearing a helmet reduces the chances of getting a head injury by 50%. However, brain injuries can still occur even when wearing a helmet.
Bicycle accidents do not only have a physical impact, they have emotional consequences too. You may experience the following emotional trauma after crashing your bike:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
There is a wide variety of psychological issues and mental anguish that may occur because of a wreck. Dealing with life-altering injuries may affect your mental health, too. Brain injuries are a major cause of psychological problems, such as memory loss, confusion and cognitive difficulties.
Treatment, recovery and compensation
You should see a health care provider immediately after you experience a bicycle crash. This will improve your chances of healing and also provide proof that you were injured, which will come in handy if you pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Even if you have a seemingly minor accident, it is better to get treatment. Do not underestimate the extent of your injuries.
Once you see a doctor, you may want to consider the legal action you can take. You may be able to get compensation for your injuries, emotional distress and financial struggles.