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5 common bicycle accident injuries

When a bicyclist crashes, it's a very different situation than when a motor vehicle driver crashes. A bicyclist is completely unprotected during an accident, and is also balanced precariously on top of a bike seat. When a cyclist falls, loses control or strikes a vehicle, the cyclist is likely to hit something forcibly with his or her body resulting in an injury.

If you were recently involved in a serious bicycle accident, you might have the broken bones and other injuries to prove it. Perhaps, for example, you're suffering one of the following five most common bicycle accident injuries:

Head trauma: Hopefully every bicyclist in the Chicago area is intelligent enough to don a helmet before he or she goes for a ride, but that's not always the case. Either as a result of convenience, forgetfulness or simply not owning a helmet, there are numerous bare-headed bicyclists on the road. This means that, in a crash scenario, the head is highly vulnerable to striking the ground and other objects resulting in serious head trauma, traumatic brain damage, skull fractures, facial injuries and other potentially disabling wounds.

Neurological damage: Part and parcel to head trauma is neurological damage. A serious blow to the head - either by hitting the head on a hard cement surface or by suffering some other kind of blunt force head trauma - can result in permanent brain damage that may affect a bicyclist emotionally, cognitively, psychologically and physically.

Spinal cord damage: A bicyclist who crashes to the ground forcefully or gets struck by a motor vehicle could suffer a disabling spinal cord injury in which the spinal cord gets ripped, torn or damaged in some way. This may cause paraplegia, quadriplegia and other types of disabling movement loss.

Disc bulges, ruptured discs and other back problems: Even if a serious fall or collision with a car does not cause spinal cord damage, it could still cause disabling and painful back and spine problems related to ruptured discs, disc bulges, broken and fractured vertebrae and more.

Fractured bones: Finally, bone fractures of all variety, including broken ribs, arms, collarbones, legs, feet and ankles are all extremely common when it comes to bike crashes.

Bicyclists who suffered injuries in an accident may want to investigate who was at fault - and more important, who might be liable - for the costs and damages resulting from the collision. An attorney can review your situation and discuss your legal options.

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