Bicycles can be a healthy mode of transportation but offer little protection to their riders when they are involved in crashes with cars. New Mexico victims of bicycle accidents can suffer a range of serious and traumatic injuries that can threaten their lives. While this post offers a discussion of some of the most common types of injuries that bicycle accident victims can suffer, it does not provide its readers with any medical or legal advice.
Head injuries are one of the most common types of harm that bicycle accident victims suffer. Even when bicyclists wear protective gear like helmets head injuries can result. Traumatic brain injuries can have lasting effects on their victims, and skull fractures, bleeding, and other damage is possible.
Bike accident victims also commonly suffer injuries to their torsos. These injuries can include rib fractures, punctured lungs, contusions and bleeding, and abrasions. Internal organs can suffer serious damage during bicycle-vehicle collisions. In the abdomen, the spleen, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and bowel all can be seriously damaged with life-threatening results.
Broken bones, injuries to the face and eyes, bruising and bleeding, and a host of other injuries can all occur when bicycle riders are violently hit by drivers of larger cars. An individual who is involved in a bicycle accident should seek medical help so that they can have their injuries evaluated and a record of their harm created. The documentation that they get from the medical visit may provide them with strong evidence to seek the recovery of their damages from the party that caused their harm.