Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicyclists are exceptionally vulnerable to serious injury or death from road accidents. While the occupants of cars and other enclosed motor vehicles are relatively protected from injury by airbags, seatbelts, and substantial vehicle structures, bicyclists have nothing more than helmets and clothing to shield them from harm.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and young adults aged 15 to 29 and adults aged 45 and over sustain the largest percentage of fatal bicycle accident injuries, while children and young adults aged 5 to 24 have the highest rate of non-fatal injuries. Though helmet use and attentive riding can go a long way toward preventing bicycle accidents, the negligence of other drivers often results in injuries or death to even the most careful of bicyclists.

Bicycle accident lawyer Jeffrey Killino has considerable experience with children’s bicycle accident cases. If your child has been injured or has died in a bike accident and you suspect that the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation through legal action. Contact attorney Killino at 877-875-2927 for a free assessment of your case and additional information regarding your legal rights and options.

Fractures and Dislocated Joints

Bicyclists may sustain any number of fractures when they are directly hit by other vehicles or thrown from their bikes in attempts to avoid collisions. Broken legs, collar bones, arms, hands, and elbows are among the most common of fractures. Dislocated shoulders and other joints may also occur upon impact with a vehicle or other object.

Head and Neck Injuries

Bicyclists often travel at high rates of speed and can easily sustain serious head or neck injuries when thrown over the fronts of their bikes or hit by other vehicles. Even bicyclists wearing helmets can sustain severe injuries to their heads or necks in bicycle traffic accidents. These injuries can range from concussion or contusions to traumatic brain injury or paralysis.

A cyclist may also sustain a bike accident brain injury even if the cyclist’s head does not come into direct contact with a vehicle or other object. The jarring of a cyclist’s head, due to a sudden reduction in the cyclist’s speed, may cause the cyclist’s brain to hit the inside of his skull and result in mild to severe brain injury.

Nerve Damage

Injuries to nerves, which send signals from different parts of the body to the brain, can affect a bicycle accident victim’s arms, legs, fingers, hands, brain, spine, and even his central nervous system. Symptoms of these injuries, which may not be immediately apparent, can include severe pain or sensitivity, tingling in extremities, loss of strength, speech difficulties, and paralysis.

Injuries to Jaws and Teeth

Bicycle accidents often result in injuries to cyclists’ jaws or teeth. Jaws and teeth may be broken and damage to dental nerves may occur when a cyclist’s face hits pavement, another stationery object, or a moving vehicle.

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If your child was injured or killed in a bicycle accident, child bicycle accident attorney Jeffrey Killino can help you obtain the justice you and your family deserve. Contact attorney Killino at 877-875-2927 for assistance with your child’s bike accident case.