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The risks of bicycle accidents are real to victims

If you're an avid bike rider or just a beginner, you're already familiar with the fact that drivers don't always see you coming. Between distractions and drivers who don't think to look for cyclists, accidents are more than likely to happen. If you're hit, you could suffer injuries like the following. The person who struck you should cover the costs of these injuries.

What are some common injuries suffered after a bicycle accident?

Most acute injuries are to the upper or lower extremities, i.e.: the legs or arms. This is because when you are falling, you extend your legs or arms to catch yourself, which can result injuries. Superficial trauma including road rash is not uncommon if you fall onto pavement. Contusions and lacerations are common with impact.

Other parts of the body that may be injured include the head, face, thorax, neck, and abdomen. Strains, fractures, dislocations and full thickness abrasions are possible.

What are some of the most common traumatic injuries?

If a person hits his face on the road or a vehicle, it's common to see fractures of the skull, teeth, and face. Bruising is common, as are foreign items being found in the cornea.

Skeletal fractures, strains and dislocations are normal as a person's body takes the impact of a vehicle or being thrown onto the road. If the person's head hits the ground or vehicle, then it's possible to see concussions, brain contusions, and hemorrhaging of the brain.

Our website has more information on bicycle accidents. As a victim, you have rights that you should make sure you exercise.

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