Despite recent action taken to try to reduce these kinds of incidents, cycling accidents are still one of the most common accidents we see today. Personal injury claim experts, such as Accident Advice Helpline, are regularly approached by cyclists who have been involved in an accident that was not their fault and from which they sustained injuries.
Fortunately most injuries cyclists receive are minor cuts, bruises, grazes and sprains, however, sometimes a cyclist will sustain much more extensive and severe injuries, including head, neck, back and spinal cord injuries which could lead to paralysis.
At Accident Advice Helpline we are well-experienced in helping cyclists successfully claim the compensation they deserve, particularly those that have been paralysed in a cycling accident. With our no win, no fee service and 15 years’ experience in the industry, more and more cyclists are choosing to use us for their personal injury claim.
Causes of cycling accidents
There are many things that can cause cycling accidents; however, most of the time the main cause for this type of accident is other car and vehicle drivers. This includes:
- Drivers driving recklessly and carelessly, and or speeding
- Drivers overtaking or passing cyclists too closely, causing them to fall of their bike or even making contact with them
- Drivers failing to see cyclists on the road
- Drivers not being able to adequately judge the speed or path of a cyclist
Of course there are some other things that can cause cycling accidents, such as an obstruction or debris on the road surface, or an uneven road that is poorly maintained and/or has potholes.
Causes of paralysis from cycling accidents
There are two main ways in which you could become paralysed in a cycling accident.
- Head injury: severe head injuries are the main cause of brain damage which in turn can cause paralysis. If there is a head impact the brain can bang against the skull which damages blood vessels and nerves that are vital in controlling muscles. If the muscle controlling nerves are damaged, paralysis may occur
- Spinal cord injury: the spinal cord, which is part of the central nervous system, transmits signals to the muscles. If the spinal cord gets injured or damaged the brain becomes unable to transmit signals to the muscles telling them to move, which in turn can cause paralysis.
Claiming compensation for becoming paralysed in a cycling accident could not be easier with Accident Advice Helpline, simply call our 24-hour free phone line on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: August 10, 2015
Author: Rob Steen