Bicyclists have almost nothing but a helmet to shield them from injury if they are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. Even a helmet can only provide limited protection from head injuries in the event of a particularly severe accident. Also, bicyclists are often thrown off of their bikes or flipped over the handlebars, and the impact with the ground or other objects causes additional injuries.
Some examples of injuries that bicycle accident victims commonly sustain include:
|· Fractured face or jaw
· Dental damage
· Broken bones
· Back and neck injuries
|· Fractured skull
· Crushed limbs
· Internal bleeding
· Internal organ damage
All of these injuries can cause extensive losses and can have long-lasting or even permanent effects on a victim’s life. For example, if the bones in a crushed limb cannot be repaired, the limb may have to be amputated. Additionally, a spinal cord injury can result in long-term partial or complete paralysis below the location of the injury. These types of injuries require costly medical equipment, rehabilitative therapy to learn to use the equipment, and home health care for patients.
Many bicycle accident victims are unable to return to work or school and, therefore, their earning capabilities are severely inhibited. Some are never able to return to their previous activities or even live independently again. This limitations may then cause severe mental and emotional issues, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, in addition to the physical injuries they are dealing with. Overall, many bicycle accident victims suffer injuries that stay with them for a long time.
Contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney in Dallas for a free consultation
Negligent motorists and other parties who cause serious injuries to bicyclists should be held accountable for their actions. At the Dallas law office of Clements & Clements, our skilled bicycle accident lawyers believe that every injured victim should receive the full and just amount of recovery that will sufficiently cover their losses for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, distress, and more. Please call for a free, confidential consultation at 214-827-1122 to learn how we can help you today.