Cyclists are especially vulnerable to injury for many reasons. The outcomes of collisions can vary from minor cuts and grazes to broken bones. Cyclist spinal injuries are dreaded by anyone in a situation where they are knocked off their bike because of the potential for long-term disability. A broken back can sometimes mean that a short-term bicycle jaunt can lead to a lifetime confined to a wheelchair. The severity of the back injury will vary from bruising to the potentially far more damaging issue of fractured or cracked vertebrae. Cyclists should be aware of the potential danger.
Because bike riders share the highway with motorists, they have to be especially vigilant when manoeuvring. Those in charge of cars or lorries have been known to develop a degree of antipathy towards the two-wheeled transport they must co-exist with. This can lead to cyclists being placed in situations where they face a disproportionate and unnecessary degree of risk. Some car drivers see cycle lanes as zones to be used for undertaking stationary traffic lines. Others grow irritated at being slowed down by cyclists, so they will hurtle past, the tail winds of larger vehicles buffeting the unfortunate bike.
What are the after-effects of cyclist spinal injuries?
It is difficult to predict the exact nature of these back injuries, and paramedics attending to roadside collisions will try to keep the victim as motionless as possible until clinical assessment can be undertaken in a hospital. When a cyclist loses control of their bike and strikes the ground, the helmet might go some way towards protecting the skull, but nothing will soften the impact of body against tarmac or a concrete pavement. The nature of back injuries means that there can be a fine line between a relatively quick recovery, and paralysis. This can lead to questions about apportioning responsibility or blame.
Could you do with information on compensation claiming?
Accident Advice Helpline has experience in assisting people in exactly this situation. Provided the spinal injury occurred within the previous three years, and you have reason to believe that someone else was negligent, you pass the basic criteria. Telephone Accident Advice Helpline’s free contact number – 0800 689 0500 – and our advisors will put you in touch with one of our professional compensation claims lawyers who will advise you accordingly. You have nothing to lose in a no win, no fee* compensation claim.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown