Bicyclists, like motorists, have a tendency to become quite comfortable the more familiar they are with their route. This degree of comfortability can lead to drivers and bike riders to speed or not be as observant as they otherwise would be in terms of noticing road hazards. Fatigue can led to bikers not having as keen of reflexes as they otherwise might have.
In light of the aforementioned, it’s important for bikers to be proactive in protecting themselves to avoid serious injuries if they are involved in a crash.
Studies show that head injuries among nonhelmeted riders tend to be far worse than those who suffered by riders who wear them. A cracked helmet is a sign of a particularly traumatic accident. If you happen to have a lingering headache, are perpetually confused, lost consciousness after your crash or experience changes in vision, then you should seek medical treatment right away. They may be indicative of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Few bikers also realize that when they’re struck, their body tends to shift forward in the direction of the handlebars. If the impact is forceful enough, then it’s possible that there might not just be abdominal bruising, but internal damage or bleeding that results. This is why it’s important to never attempt to diagnose yourself after a bicycle crash.
Being struck while riding your bike also puts you at risk for suffering cracked ribs. Many people who fracture their ribs don’t see much point in seeking medical treatment for them because they feel as if there’s nothing that can really be done about them.
Few realize that depending on the way the rib was broken, it might have a jagged edge on it. Unless X-rays are performed to verify that’s not the case, then sharp end of the bone could easily puncture a nearby lung causing many more problems.
Flipping over the handrails during a crash may cause you to suffer a neck or back injury. If you notice numbness or tingling in your extremities or feel discomfort, disoriented or pain when you attempt to tilt your head at a 45-degree angle, then it may be a sign that you suffered a spinal injury.
If you have been seriously injured in a bike crash, then a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can advise you of legal remedies available to you in your case.