Common Injuries Sustained during Bicycle Accidents
Now that spring is here and summer is almost around the corner, many people across Delaware have started dusting off their bicycles and hitting every trail and roadway they can find in this beautiful state; weather permitted, of course. Needless to say, bicycling does offer so much more than a car ride, as you can breeze your way through the wind and enjoy a rapid tour of the natural world. However, if you choose to take your journey along the roadways, exercise caution. In the blink of an eye, a casual bike ride can turn into a nightmare due to the interference of a distracted, negligent, or malicious driver who crashes into a bicycle, an accident that can reap disastrous consequences. For today, let’s take a closer look at some common injuries sustained during bicycle crashes.
THE FREQUENCY OF BICYCLE CRASHES IN DELAWARE
According to the 2017 Highway Safety Plan provided by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, here is the readout of data concerning bicycle crashes in 2015:
- 163 accidents along roadways involved a bicycle.
- Eight of these cases involved severe injuries, while three cases involved fatalities.
- Although bike laws order riders under 18 years of age to ride helmets, about 22% of bike accident cases involved children who were 15 years of age or younger, accounting for 11% higher than the national average.
- New Castle County maintains the highest rate of bicycle crashes, with 91 cases in 2015.
COMMON INJURIES SUSTAINED BY BICYCLISTS
The American Family Physicians confirm that most bicyclists, as expected, sustain injuries along the arms, neck, shoulders, chest, and any other parts of the body above the waist. However, in the event of a bicycle-car collision, any part of the body may be severely injured. Here is a closer look at the AFP’s listing of acute injuries bicyclists can sustain:
- Head: Face bone fractures, face contusions, broken teeth, eye damage/contusions, traumatic brain injuries (concussion, skull fracture, brain contusions, intracranial hemorrhage)
- Skeleton: Broken bones (legs, arms, wrist, pelvis, etc.), dislocated joints
- Muscles: Muscle tear, strains, tendonitis, bruising
- Chest/chest cavity: Fractured ribs, collapsed lungs, punctured lungs
- Abdominal region: Rupture of the spleen, trauma to the pancreas, hernia, contusions
YOUR LEGAL SOLUTION
Riding a bicycle is one of the most fun ways to enjoy the outdoors and stay fit during the spring, summer, and fall, but taking a journey on a two-wheeled, unprotected vehicle can prove to be risky business on major roadways. In many cases, distracted and negligent drivers can threaten your safety along roads in Delaware, leading to potential catastrophe. You do not deserve to be put in such tremendous danger as you take your time riding your bicycle. With the help of a lawyer experienced in personal injury cases, you can create a viable case in court and get the justice you deserve.
Here at Edelstein, Martin, & Nelson, our team of professional attorneys are passionate about our practice and are fully knowledgeable in the laws, rules, and statutes surrounding unfortunate workplace accidents throughout the State of Delaware. We can guarantee you will receive the justice you deserve. For legal advice and for more information about our services, contact our office today at 800-300-0909.