The health benefits of riding a bicycle are seemingly endless. Bikers can save on gas by cycling to work, maintain a healthy weight and reduced blood pressure, and make the most of summer activities by biking with friends and family.
While there are many reasons to begin biking, the top threat to cyclists nationwide is other vehicles on the road—and the drivers who might not want to share the lane.
Injuries Bikers Commonly Suffer After a Crash on Florida Roads
Bicycle riders have just as much right to the roads as drivers of larger vehicles. Unfortunately, bicycles don't have nearly as many protective safety features as cars, leaving cyclists severely or even fatally injured after a crash. People who are struck while cycling in Florida are likely to suffer anything from bumps and bruises to life-altering disabilities—and some may never recover from the effects of a crash.
Bicyclists who are struck by cars are most likely to experience:
- Head injuries. Head injuries range from a scrape or gashes on the head to a fracture of the skull, any of which may cause a brain injury to develop. As a result, Florida law requires bicycle riders and bike passengers under the age of 16 to wear a properly-fitted, federally-approved bicycle helmet for all rides.
- Traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries are a leading cause of death for injured bikers in the United States. Riders may sustain a brain injury without suffering any noticeable damage to the head, such as a concussion or another form of closed head injury. A traumatic brain injury can cause many different symptoms, including memory loss, mood swings, interrupted bodily function, or even permanent mental or emotional changes.
- Facial injuries. Bicycle accidents can result in significant damage to the rider’s face, including lost or broken teeth, fractured jaws, eye or vision damage, a broken nose, or road rash that causes permanent scarring.
- Bodily trauma. Nearly all bikers will suffer musculoskeletal trauma or soft-tissue injuries after a crash. A rider struck on the back wheel may experience whiplash, while a biker hit on the side may experience a broken leg or torn ligament in the knee joint. Riders who attempt to “brace” for a fall after a collision can suffer dislocation in shoulder or broken hands and wrists as they strike the pavement, while severe trauma can cause broken ribs or internal bleeding.
- Back injuries. Bikers who are struck with extreme force may land on their backs or roll after a crash, causing damage to their spinal columns. Severe trauma to neck and back may cause a painful herniated disc, while damage to the spinal cord can lead to paralysis.
- Death. Many factors can increase the odds of a bike accident becoming fatal, including speeding, distracted driving, alcohol use, and unsafe road conditions. If someone you love was killed in a bicycle accident, you should speak to a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.
When a person is injured in this type of crash, it's important to have the incident investigated as soon as possible. There are many different parties who may be held liable for the costs of the victim’s medical care, lost income, emotional trauma, and any other long-term damage caused by the crash.
For example, a construction company that left loose gravel on the shoulder or a municipality that didn't trim bushes at the side of the road could have played a part in the crash. Since biking injuries often require extensive treatment and rehabilitation, it's vital that victims examine all of their options carefully.
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