Injuries incurred after a bicycle accident are often much worse than after a car accident. Bicycle accident injuries are often serious due to the lack of protection to bicyclists and the size and force difference when a vehicle collides with a bicycle. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm will help ensure that our bicycle accident clients obtain appropriate medical care and treatment and ensure that the negligent motorist is held accountable. Take the stress out of your bike accident by hiring an experienced bike accident lawyer to settle your case. At Parke Gordon Law Firm, our attorneys believe every client deserves fair representation not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. The following are five common injuries after a bicycle accident. Please keep in mind the following list is not complete; many other possible injuries exist. Any harm done by the negligence of another person or driver is a reason to contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney.
1. Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussion
During a bicycle accident, the bicyclist can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a variety of ways. For instance, the vehicle itself may strike the rider’s head, or the bicyclist may be thrown to the ground or into another object. A TBI may also occur if the head is violently whipped back and forth without physical impact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI contributes to approximately 30 percent of all injury-related deaths. Signs of TBI include impaired thinking, memory, movement, sensation, or emotional function. These effects could last for days or even the rest of the person’s life.
A mild TBI is known as a concussion. A concussion is still very serious and even life-threatening.
2. Neck, Back or Spine Injury
The impact from a motor vehicle hitting a bicyclist can affect his or her entire body. The neck, back or spine can sustain serious injuries from whipping motion as well as the force of impact from the collision itself. A lifetime of pain can follow things such as fractures, muscle strains, ruptured discs or other injuries. Many of these serious symptoms may go unnoticed right after the bicycle accident due to the surge of adrenaline a person experiences after a collision. Without proper medical treatment, the injury can turn from mild to debilitating over the next few days following the accident.
3. Broken Bones
Often times after a bicycle accident, the rider will fall off the bike and sustain broken bones. Broken bones are usually not as serious as the before mentioned injuries but still needs immediate attention from an emergency room.
A laceration is a deep cut or tear in the skin or flesh. Because of how deep a laceration can be, the wound often becomes infected with bacteria as a result of contact. Lacerations are often seen as minor. However, if gone untreated, a laceration can become dangerous if not properly treated and covered up. An infection from a laceration can become life-threatening. Depending on the size of the cut, it is also common to experience too much blood loss.
5. Emotional Trauma or PTSD
Following a serious accident, a person may experience emotional trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A crash is a shocking and scary event. A person suffering from PTSD may experience flashbacks, nightmares and/or frightening thoughts.
Bicycle Accident Victims Need to Get Help
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another, get medical treatment and then contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer. Bicycle accident attorneys and lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm assist clients who have been in bike accidents in Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho by getting them the compensation they deserve. Our Spokane personal injury lawyers will take steps to ensure your rights are fully protected. The law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm will seek recovery for all of your damages and maximize your settlement. Our attorneys have successfully represented injured bicyclists and obtained impressive settlements for our bicycle accident clients. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane for a free consultation. Call our Spokane law office today at (509) 482-7274 to get started on your case.
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