Injuries Rhode Island Bicyclists Suffer in Accidents
Even if you are wearing a helmet at the time of your accident, you are at risk of a traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and other significant harm in a bicycle wreck. The injuries you sustain can impact you and your family long after the accident itself, requiring continuing treatment or modification of your routines, work, and daily habits.
The following are some of the most commonly encountered injuries that your Rhode Island bicycle accident lawyer can assist you with:
1. Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Your head and back protect two of the most vital parts of your nervous system: your brain and spinal cord. These two organs control not only your ability to move your arms and legs but also your bodily systems, mood, and cognitive functioning.
You may experience numbness or lose the use of your arms or legs. You could also experience memory loss or suffer from recurring headaches and seizures. These effects of a brain or spinal cord injury can be temporary or permanent.
In some extreme cases, brain injuries can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70,000 people in the United States died from a brain injury in 2021.
Hitting your head or landing hard on your back after falling off your bike are just two of the ways that trauma can be inflicted on your brain and spinal cord. Seeking medical attention after a bicycle accident can help identify, treat, and mitigate the harm of these potentially severe injuries.
2. Contusions and Internal Injuries
In a bicycle crash, you can easily hit different parts of your body against your bike’s handlebars or other solid objects. This can lead to contusions, or bruising, of the skin and underlying tissue. While bruising may be painful, it typically resolves on its own with time and basic first aid.
More severe internal injuries can occur, however, if you strike your abdomen or sustain trauma to your internal organs. Trauma to your spleen, for example, can cause it to rupture, which is a potentially life-threatening condition that can require surgery.
3. Broken Bones
The bones of your arms, legs, and pelvis are all strong, but they can fracture partially or completely in a bicycle crash. Fractures are common injuries, with about 6.8 million cases occurring every year. If you are older or have certain conditions like osteoporosis, you could be at a greater risk of suffering a bone fracture.
Immobilization of the broken bone is necessary to help the fracture heal. More significant fractures could require surgery to insert pins, screws, or other devices to stabilize the affected area.
Any one of these injuries can require one or more trips to the hospital or doctor’s office. Your ability to earn an income may also be affected if you cannot work or if you require additional rest.
These financial concerns are why it is so crucial to retain an experienced Rhode Island bicycle accident law firm like Sands Law soon after your accident. You could be entitled to compensation for these expenses and losses — but only if you take timely action. Let Sands Law and our quality advocates go to work for you and your family.