There are significant risks associated with riding a bicycle, as a rider is exposed to severe injuries when involved in accidents with other larger and faster moving vehicles. Head injuriesrepresent an overwhelming majority of the injuries sustained in bicycle accidents and are by far the most dangerous. The leading cause of death and/or permanent disability in bicycle accidents is head injury.
Bicycle accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including negligence of another motorist, rider error, environmental hazards such as uneven pavement or potholes, and bicycle mechanical failure or defect. Whatever the cause of the accident, the injuries can be severe, including:
- Neck and back trauma
- Head injury
- Long-term or permanent disability
- Fractures and dislocations
What Should You Do If You've Been Injured in A Bicycle Accident?
- Contact the police and file a report.
- Seek medical attention promptly. Be meticulous in describing how the accident happened to your doctors.
- Describe every symptom you have, no matter how minor it may seem.
- Take photographs of the scene of the accident, your injuries, and the damages to your bicycle.
- Do not negotiate with the at-fault driver or the insurance company.