What are some the most common bike accident injuries that cyclists experience, and why do I need to get a lawyer involved if I am injured in a bike accident?

Before you jump on your bicycle for a ride around town, understanding the real dangers that come with bicycle riding may be the first step in preventing a Virginia bike crash. Bike riding is a great recreational activity and highly effective form of exercise.

Unfortunately, riders are constantly vulnerable, and are provided little to no protection in the event that an accident happens. Any injuries sustained can range from minor scrapes, cuts, or abrasions, to broken bones, traumatic head injuries, or even worse.

Bike accident injuries can happen for a variety of reasons, but typically are caused by motorist errors, rider errors, environmental hazards, or manufacturer defects.

Rider errors often involve losing control, speed, inexperience, or stunt performance. Motorist negligence may include distracted driving, speeding, or even improper passing. Environmental hazards can include, but are not limited to, potholes, loose gravel, or road debris. Manufacturer defects may mean defective chains or brakes, improper bike assembly or even missing pieces like reflectors.

No matter the cause, the injuries have the potential to be catastrophic.

  • Traumatic head injuries, including concussions and serious brain injuries can cause memory loss, permanent vision problems, balance problems, or loss of motor function
  • Spinal cord injuries can result in temporary or permanent paralysis
  • Broken bones or fractures can require ongoing surgeries, rehabilitation and therapy to repair

Any of these of injuries, or other serious bike accident injuries, can cause victims a lifetime of pain, financial hardship, or even permanent disability. If you have suffered a debilitating injury resulting from a bike accident in Virginia, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help you receive the financial compensation you are entitled to.

Although a financial settlement can’t reverse your accident, it may help to ease the burden that months or years of medical care and lost wages may bring. Call Lewis & Tompkins today at 202-296-0666 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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