Common Catastrophic Bicycle Accident Injuries
When compared to other forms of traffic accidents, bicycle accidents are most likely to result in catastrophic accidents because they are not as well protected as others on the road. Unlike most motorists, bicyclists are not equipped with a metal cage that surrounds their body to prevent serious injuries. When a traffic collision occurs between a moving motor vehicle and bicyclists, the direct impact can cause a rider to suffer devastating injuries that can affect him or her for the rest of his or her life.
Common catastrophic injuries typically associated with bicycle accidents include the following:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries occur when the bike rider has suffered a serious impact to his or her vertebrae. These injuries can affect a person in a variety of ways, but will mostly affect his or her mobility. Some of the ways a spinal cord injury can affect a person includes: A person can suffer from spinal shock, which causes stiffness in the spinal cord and back; Muscle weakness, which can result in the inability to breathe properly; This can also make spinal cord injury victims more susceptible to infections such as pneumonia; Neurogenic shock, which leads to low heart rate and low blood pressure; Altered temperature regulations, which affects a person’s ability to control his or her body temperature; The ability to control bowel or bladder will be affected.
Upon collision with an oncoming vehicle, bicyclists can sustain facial injuries upon impact with the vehicle’s windshield or upon hitting the ground. A facial injury can involve the following; Broken jawbones, Broken cheekbones, Broken nose, Skull fractures, and Dental injuries.
Traumatic Head Injuries
The consequences of a traumatic brain injury can vary depending on the extent of the injury, the area where the injury was impacted, the age of the victim, and whether the injury was rapidly treated. Traumatic head injuries are unfortunately extremely difficult to predict, as some injuries can appear within several days of the accident while others can take many weeks to become apparent. It is important to recognize that not all severe traumatic brain injuries will result in a loss of consciousness. The opposite is also true, however. Even when a person sustains a loss of consciousness, this does not mean he or she sustained a severe traumatic brain injury.
The symptoms of a mild form of a traumatic brain injury can include: Headaches, Confusion, Dizziness, Lightheadedness, Ringing in the ears, Blurred vision, Sleepiness or tiredness, A change in sleeping habits, Mood changes, Difficulty in concentration, thinking, or memory, Sensitivity to sound or light, and Vomiting and nausea.