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Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

California is home to 14% of the nation’s bicycle riders. With so many riders on the road, it is not hard to believe that it is the highest ranking state when it comes to bicyclist deaths caused by car accidents. In Los Angeles County alone, 4,416 people were killed or injured in a bicycle accident as recently as 2014. 

As the statistics illustrate, California is no stranger to car related accidents. Cyclists are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident with a car if they’re not especially careful.

 West Coast Trial Lawyers is a highly rated law firm in Los Angeles that deals specifically with personal injury cases. When you suffer an injury as a bicyclist because of someone’s carelessness or negligence, contact a bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. We are always here to answer any questions you may have about liability and available damages after a bicycle accident. 

Pasadena Bike Injury Attorney 

In 2017, Metro Bike Sharing programs brought 31 bike kiosks to Pasadena, adding to the 94 stations in LA County and resulting in about 1,400 bikes. 

Irvine Bike Injury Lawyer 

From 2001-2012, there were 445 bike injuries in Irvine where the cyclist was found at fault.

Common Physical Injuries

Bicyclists generally experience harsher injuries than drivers or passengers in car accidents, regardless of the amount of protection they are wearing. Because they are not protected by a metal frame, riders tend to suffer the worst injuries when hitting the ground or getting tossed into the air. Listed below are a few common injuries that bike accident victims can sustain: 

  • Brain Injury. It is always a safe practice to wear a helmet while riding. However, wearing a helmet does not always protect you from a brain injury. While federally-approved helmets offer great protection, they cannot protect you against a 3,000 pound vehicle. In fact, some experts suggest that some helmets can potentially increase the chance of a brain injury. 
  1. Facial Injuries. The face is left vulnerable to injuries because most helmets do not cover the head in its entirety. These types of injuries include broken jaws, missing teeth, fractured cheekbones, and damaged eye sockets. Not only can facial injuries be embarrassing, but they can cause difficulty breathing, permanent discoloration, facial swelling, pain, and numbness. 
  • Spinal Cord Injuries. As one of the most dangerous injuries, damage to the spinal cord can most likely be permanent and will affect the entire body. Due to its connection to the nervous system and brain, a blunt hit to the spinal cord can cause:
  1. Loss of movement
  2. Loss of sensation, such as the ability to feel or sense temperature changes 
  3. Loss of bladder control
  4. Extreme back pain 
  5. Difficulty breathing 
  6. Trouble with balance and walking
  • Wrongful Death. In 1996, an estimated 96% of American cyclists were killed because they were not wearing helmets. 85% of these bicyclists were above the age of 20 and could have avoided death by wearing the proper gear or following proper safety procedures.    

Common Mental Bicycle Injuries 

Though mental injuries can not always plainly be seen, it doesn’t mean they aren’t as harmful. According to a Harvard Mental Health Letter, people with chronic pain are almost 3 times more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and other mental issues that may cost them enjoyment of life. 

If you have suffered mental injuries, such as post traumatic stress or depression as a result of a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of damages. 

Most Dangerous Cities For Cyclists

  1. Albuquerque, NM
  2. Tucson, AZ
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. Phoenix, AZ
  5. San Jose, CA
  6. Columbus, OH
  7. San Francisco, CA
  8. Memphis, TN
  9. Philadelphia, PA
  10. Los Angeles, CA 

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a bicycle accident, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible. A bicycle accident attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. 

Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.

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