You might think that accidents between bikes and motor vehicles don’t happen all that often in the Sunshine State. However, according to these statistics, this assumption would be wrong. According to the FLHSMV, there were 5,952 such accidents in 2020. The incidents resulted in 4,815 injuries and 759 disabling injuries.
Of course, the events also caused 169 deaths, but that’s a topic for another day. Today, the focus is on some of the most common types of injuries suffered by cyclists after being struck by vehicles. Then you will better understand why these incidents are so disastrous.
Fractures and broken bones
When cyclists are ejected from their bike after having had an accident, they are sometimes able to brace themselves for impact with the ground/street. Individuals stretch their arms out in front of them, only for their wrists, hands, and fingers to take the brunt of the blow. This is great news in some ways. For example, it can prevent traumatic brain injury, but the force can also cause fractures and broken wrists, fingers, forearms, collarbones, etc.
Traumatic brain injury
When cyclists are ejected from their bicycles in accidents, they can hit their heads violently against the ground or the roadway. If they were lucky, they wore a helmet that absorbed most of the impact. But even still, that might not be enough to prevent them from sustaining a traumatic brain injury such as a contusion, concussion, or hemorrhage. The effects of these conditions include dizziness, fatigue, memory problems, etc., and they can be short or long lasting.
Loss of limbs
It is not uncommon for runners to have their limbs or appendages amputated following accidents involving cars. Not only does it seem painful, but it also seems quite expensive. According to Cost Helper Health, those who do not have insurance to cover an amputation procedure in a hospital may be looking at a total price of between $20,000 and $60,000 for the company.
Spinal cord injuries
Due to the lack of protection that cyclists have, their spinal cord can sustain injuries while riding or driving. bicycle incidents. Some people will need surgeries and treatments to get better. They may experience pain and discomfort or even episodes of partial paralysis. Then there are also those who, unfortunately, are permanently paralyzed from the neck or waist down. They receive high bills for tests and procedures. Additionally, additional expenses come into play for the purchase of wheelchairs, wheelchair ramps, handicapped accessible vehicles, and other related items.
Injuries to internal organs
It’s not easy when cyclists get hit by passenger vehicles. The incidents are chaotic and violent. But getting hit isn’t the only thing that can happen. Racers can also be run over, leaving their bodies trapped under cars. And what about when people land on cars or are thrown into things like railings or trees? There are about a million different scenarios that could happen with bicycle accidents. Therefore, it’s easy to see how something like a small tear in an organ can go unnoticed. Internal injuries are just other common injuries associated with bicycle/car accidents.
Some Final Thoughts
Have you recently been injured in a bicycle accident in Florida due to a negligent driver? Maybe he was going too fast, ran over a stop sign, and hit your bike in a crosswalk while going through an intersection. Or maybe she was texting and driving, swerving into the bike lane, hitting and injuring you. The fact is, you may be entitled to compensation if you can prove that the other party’s negligence left you in the condition you are in. Contact Goldman, Babbani, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh to schedule a free case review with an accident attorney. They will help you determine the best course of action.