Injuries from bicycle accidents can range from mild to severe. Following is a list of the more common bicycle accident injuries in Rochester NY.
Head Trauma including Brain Injuries
Head injuries, including concussions, skull fractures, or traumatic brain injuries, are a significant concern in bicycle accidents, especially if the cyclist was not wearing a helmet. New York State does require bicyclists under the age of 14 to wear helmets.
Orthopedic Injuries including Fractured and Broken Bones
Bicycle accidents often lead to orthopedic injuries, affecting the bones, joints, and soft tissues. Breaks and fractures commonly occur in the collarbone, arm, hip, knee, ankle, and foot.
Severe bicycle accidents can result in spinal injuries, ranging from spinal cord damage to herniated discs. These injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation, or impaired motor function.
In some cases, bicycle accidents can cause internal injuries, including organ damage or internal bleeding. These injuries may not be immediately apparent and require prompt medical attention.
Abrasions, Lacerations, Contusions, and Bruises
When involved in an accident, bicyclists may suffer from road rash, which is skin abrasion caused by contact with the road surface. These injuries can vary in severity, from superficial scrapes to deep lacerations that require stitches. Road rash can also lead to infections and scarring.
Most bicycle accidents can be prevented by following the rules of the road, but you can only control your actions. For those bicycle accidents that are due to the negligence of others, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our bicycle accident lawyers for a free consultation to see if we can help.