The Most Common Injuries Suffered After a Bike Accident
The number of people who are riding bikes on a daily basis is rising in California and throughout the country. On one hand, this is great news for the environment and for riders’ personal health. On the other hand, more riders mean more bike accidents. Some bike accident are minor but most involve some type of injury.
Read on to learn about some of the most common types of bike injuries in California. If you have been injured on a bike and need legal help, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 877-982-0707 for your free legal consultation.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 60% of fatal bike accidents involve head injuries. About 30% of non-fatal bike accidents involve head injuries. In fact, the CDC estimates that more than $3 billion is spent per year on head injuries alone. This is great evidence to support wearing a helmet as studies have shown that wearing a properly fitted helmet can reduce the chances of a bike accident by as much as 85%.
Head injuries are the most common injury in fatal bike accidents but fractures are the most common injury in non-fatal bike accidents. The most common type of broken bone occurs when a biker tries to break their fall with their arm or hand, which is why arm and wrist breaks are the most common types of broken bones. Collar bones are also common. The best way to prevent broken bones is to wear padding but most bike riders find it too cumbersome for daily use.
Sprains, Strains, and Cuts
It is hard to estimate how many people involved in a bike accident suffer only sprains, strains, or cuts because they will often not receive medical care or report the accident. Instead, they will treat the injury at home with heat or ice therapy, bandages, and rest. However, even a minor injury can end up being costly if it does not heal as expected. For this reason, we recommend always getting information on anyone you are involved in a bike accident with.
Injuries to the Abdominal Areas and Genitals
Genital and abdominal injuries are generally caused by the rider hitting their own bike seat, handlebars, or the frame of their bike. These can be very painful and are often more serious than they first appear. Any injury to the abs or genitals should be seen and checked out by a medical professional.
Call for Help if You Have been Injured in a Bike Accident
If you have been injured in a bike accident then you should seek medical attention. Once you are sure you are safe, it is wise to contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your options are. You can reach Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 877-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.