Bicycle Accident Injuries

The Chicago Bike Crash Attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer P.C. represent victims and family members who are seeking compensation for injuries, damages, and losses sustained due to an accident that happened while bicycling. Just as bicycle accidents can vary greatly from one incident to another, so can the injuries that occur as a result. Bike Injuries can be minor, moderate or serious in nature, and in some cases can be catastrophic or even fatal.

Below, we have compiled a list of some of the most common injuries associated with bike accidents, based upon injury severity. However, keep in mind that in some cases, the extent of a specific injury may be more or less severe than as categorized below. Further, complications extending from an initial injury can sometimes lead to an increase in injury intensity.

Minor to Moderate Injuries

  • Cuts, lacerations
  • Punctures, wounds
  • Abrasions, scrapes, scratches
  • Road rash, embedded debris
  • Bruising, contusions, welts
  • Infections

Moderate to Serious

  • Injuries to upper & lower extremities:
    • Broken / Fractured bones
    • Dislocation
    • Sprains / Strains
    • Other muscle, tendon, ligament and/or nerve-related
  • Broken, fractured, or bruised ribs
  • Neck and back injuries (thoracic, cervical, lumbar)
  • Mild head injuries:
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Concussion
  • Minor scarring
  • Serious wound infections
  • Other significant pain or discomfort
  • Facial Injuries:
    • Facial fractures
    • Dental injuries (dental fractures, tooth loss, chipped teeth)
    • Eye Injuries / Corneal foreign bodies

Serious to Catastrophic

  • Partial or full paralysis (permanent/ temporary)
  • Dismemberment / Disfigurement
  • Significant scarring
  • Serious head injuries:
  • Internal Injuries
    • Internal bleeding
    • Rupture, perforation, contusion or other trauma to internal organs
  • Other injuries that involve:
    • Permanent disability
    • Lifelong / Long-term conditions requiring treatment
    • Shortened life expectancy
    • Surgical intervention / multiple surgeries

In some bicycle accidents, victims may suffer fatal injuries, whether occurring immediately due to the initial impact of a collision, or at some point later due to complications associated with an injury. Head-related injuries are the most common cause of fatal bike accidents, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all bicycle-related deaths, and the majority of all bike crash-related long term disabilities.

Although the use of helmets can drastically reduce the risk of serious injury or fatality, this advice is far more useful for preventative purposes. Where a bike accident has already resulted in a head injury, the more important consideration is in the victim obtaining immediate medical attention. In addition, head injury victims should know the warning signs of traumatic brain injury, and seek medical treatment whenever there is a concern over their well-being.

If you or a loved one were involved in a bicycling accident, which you know or suspect was caused by the negligent, reckless, or unlawful actions of another, the Chicago Injury Attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer P.C. want to help in recovering the maximum amount of financial compensation that you and your family deserve. Contact us online, or call us at 773-516-4100 to schedule your FREE personal injury consultation.

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