What You Need to Know About Recovering from a Bicycle Injury

Getting hurt in a bicycle accident can be devastating. Not only can it take weeks, months, and sometimes even years to recover physically and emotionally from your injuries, but bicycle accident injuries can also result in substantial medical bills and lost wages. Recovering from a bicycle injury is a long process, whether you are dealing with the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or trying to return to work after extensive rehabilitation. Often the recovery process also involves facing the psychological effects of the accident as well as seeking financial compensation for your losses.

If you were injured in a bicycle accident and are just starting to think about the recovery process, it is important to learn more about how obtaining compensation can help with your recovery. An experienced Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyer can speak with you today about your options.

Common Types of Injuries in Bicycle Accidents

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Bicycle accidents can result in many different types of injuries depending upon how and where the crash occurs. According to a journal article in American Family Physician, bicycle accidents often cause debilitating and life-threatening injuries that often prove to be fatal. While a cyclist can sustain serious personal injuries even when there are no other parties involved in the accident (such as when a cyclist skids off the road or collides with a fixed object), the most serious injuries tend to occur when a bicyclist is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.

What kinds of injuries are most common in bicycle accidents? The journal article cites the following:

  • Skull fractures;
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries;
  • Facial fractures;
  • Brain contusions;
  • Intracranial hemorrhages;
  • Facial and eye contusions;
  • Dental fractures;
  • Corneal foreign bodies;
  • Arm and leg fractures;
  • Dislocations;
  • Muscle strains;
  • Rib fractures;
  • Lung injuries;
  • Splenic ruptures;
  • Hepatic lacerations;
  • Renal contusions;
  • Pancreatic trauma;
  • Vascular perforation;
  • Bowel contusions;
  • Traumatic hernia;
  • Pelvic fractures;
  • Lacerations; and
  • Abrasion, or road rash.

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Head injuries affect anywhere from 22 percent to 47 percent of cyclists who are injured in accidents, and most TBIs occur when a bicyclist is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. We do not often think about the psychological effects of a serious bicycle crash, but injury victims can also experience mental anguish and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

Getting Back on Track After Your Bicycle Accident Injuries

Recognizing that bicyclists are involved in accidents with some frequency, an article in Cycling Weekly discusses tips for recovering from a bicycle injury. According to Dr. Josephine Perry, bicycle crashes can happen for many different reasons, and they can result in a wide variety of injuries whether the accident occurs on the road or on a trail. For some bicyclists, the “mental injuries” can be more difficult in terms of recovery than the physical ones.

The following are some tips from Cycling Weekly for recovering from a bicycle injury:/

Give yourself time to recover from the bicycle accident and recognize that time for rest and recovery is important to healing;
Come to terms with the psychological effects of the bicycle accident and face such effects head on;
Always follow your healthcare providers’ advice, including your doctors and your physical therapist, throughout your rehabilitation;
Follow through on exercises you learn in physical therapy, and know that recovering well usually requires you to perform these exercises in order to get your strength back; and
Know that even the most careful cyclists can get hurt in accidents.

Part of a full recovery often involves filing a claim to recover compensation for your losses. If the bicycle accident in which you sustained serious injuries was caused by a negligent motorist, it is important to learn more about how filing a claim can provide you with compensation for your medical bills, your rehabilitation costs, and your lost wages. Compensation can also include non-economic damages, which can compensate you for losses such as pain and suffering or mental anguish.

Tips for Staying Safe While Cycling

Part of any bicycle accident recovery is learning more about how crashes happen and taking steps to prevent a collision in the future. According to the American Family Physician article, the following are things to avoid when cycling in order to prevent serious injuries in an accident:

  • Never ride your bicycle without wearing proper safety gear, including a helmet, gloves, eye protection, bright or reflective clothes, and shoes that will not slip from your bike pedals;
  • Never ride your bicycle at dusk or at nighttime without installing lights and reflectors on your bicycle;
  • Do not ride a bicycle that has not been properly fitted to you, both in terms of your general size and your height;
  • Do not ride a bicycle without performing regular maintenance on it and ensuring that it undergoes regular safety checks, especially on brakes, suspension, and handlebar padding;
  • Do not ride your bicycle in a way that puts you at greater risk of a serious accidents, including turning in front of a motor vehicle, failing to watch for parked cars where doors can open and hit you, riding in the opposite direction of traffic, weaving in between motor vehicles or engaging in lane splitting, running red lights or disobeying any other traffic rules, or failing to use hand signals to alert motorists to your plans to turn or to change lanes.
  • Thinking about ways to stay safe the next time is important for any cyclist. At the same time, if another party caused your injuries, you should hold that party accountable by filing a claim.

    Learn More from a Las Vegas Bicycle Accident Attorney

    It is never easy to recover from a serious bicycle accident. You will need time to recover physically as well as emotionally, and it may be difficult or even impossible to return to work due to the severity of your injuries. When you are facing a long recovery, it is important to seek financial compensation by filing a bicycle injury claim.

    An experienced bicycle accident attorney in Las Vegas can discuss the options available to you. The advocates at Ladah Law Firm have been assisting injury victims in Las Vegas for years, and we can speak with you today about your case. Contact Ladah Law Firm online or call us at 702-252-0055.