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Types Of Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicycling is New Haven’s fastest growing means of alternative transportation. Despite the growing enthusiasm for biking and city’s commitment to making biking safer, accidents continue to happen. Every day bicyclists are injured in accidents caused by collisions with cars or objects, roadway hazards, inattention and animals.

If someone was responsible for causing your bicycle accident, make sure you have an advocate on your side who can help you recover the compensation you deserve. At Mills Law Firm, LLC, our lawyers are dedicated to standing up for injured cyclists in the New Haven bicycling community.

Why Cycling Crashes Are So Serious

Bicyclist must always be alert. Even with protective gear, bicyclists are no match for cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. They cannot compete with the mass and metal of an automobile.

Bike collisions with other vehicles often lead to severe and potentially fatal injuries. It is possible for bicyclists to be killed when a car isn’t moving. Dooring accidents happen when a vehicle opens its door in the path of a bicyclist. Types of bicycle accident injuries include head and brain injury, fractures, dislocations, abdominal soft tissue injuries and abrasions.

Head And Brain Injuries From Bicycle Crashes

Head injuries are by far the most common injury suffered by cyclists. These range from fractures to the face and skull to soft tissue damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) encompass a variety of injuries to the brain. Brain hemorrhages, concussions and contusions are common TBIs that can be caused by a sudden blow to the head, such as a bike accident.

Even relatively minor head and brain injuries can be serious and can have a long-term impact on an individual. In severe cases, individuals may have difficulty with the following:

  • Concentration
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Memory
  • Attention span
  • Processing ability
  • Speech
  • Motor skills such as reading and writing
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Perception
  • Smell
  • Taste

Fractures, Dislocations And Sprains

Musculoskeletal injuries are also common in bicycle collisions. Riders frequently suffer injuries to the shoulder, arm, chest and pelvis.

Abdominal Soft Tissue Injuries

Injuries to the abdomen can be very severe. A bike crash can cause a ruptured spleen, perforated bowel, torn liver, bruised kidneys or vascular perforation. These conditions can be fatal.

Abrasions And Road Rash

Scrapes and cuts can become infected if not properly cleaned. Serious road rash can cause disfigurement.

We Are Attorneys And Cyclists Who Know How To Handle Insurers

Insurance companies have one job when facing a claim: to minimize their losses. It is not uncommon for an insurance company to try to shift the blame on a cyclist after an accident. At Mills Law Firm, LLC, we do not let that happen.

The attorneys at our firm are skilled litigators. We are not afraid to take an insurance company to court if necessary to obtain a fair recovery for our clients. We are also part of your cycling community. As avid cyclists, we understand the issues that cyclists face on the road. We use this knowledge to your advantage when negotiating compensation on your behalf.

Call us today at 203-772-8941 or toll free at 866-603-7532 to schedule a complimentary consultation. You can also reach us by completing our online contact form. We represent clients in New Haven and throughout the Connecticut shoreline.

We routinely appear in every judicial district in Connecticut, and litigate cases from Stamford to New London. We also handle cases in all of Connecticut’s federal courts.