What are the most common cycle crash injuries?
Although no two cycling accidents are the same, there are some cycle crash injuries that appear to be more common than others. Amongst them are:
- Broken pelvis
- Broken Coccyx
- Broken arm or leg
- Broken Collar Bone
- Soft tissue injuries to the neck, back and shoulders
- Road Rash
- Anxiety and other psychological problems
- Concussion or other head injuries
Cycle crash unjuries – Head problems
Nearly half of all cycle injuries where a motor vehicle has been involved are to the head. These range from minor concussion and cuts, to permanent brain damage or fatal fractures to the skull. Most fatalities in cycle crash accidents are caused by injuries to the head. Wearing a good quality, good fitting cycle helmet can help avoid this type of injury, but if the collision is bad enough, even the helmet will not stop the head injury completely.
Anxiety and other psychological problems
Anxiety and other psychological problems can be cycle injuries as much as broken bones or cuts and bruises. So they should be treated as such when making your compensation claim. These can be equally as disabling as having joints in plaster, and they can take longer to heal, so should not be treated lightly.
You should always seek medical treatment for your cycle injuries. The reports from doctors can prove to be invaluable when fighting your case, and what might seem to be initially a minor injury can later develop into something more serious. A pre-existing condition can be made worse by an accident, and your doctor’s opinions on this can be crucial.
Photographs and diary
It is also a good idea to take photographs of your cycle injuries, not only immediately after the accident, but also as they either improve or get worse.
Keep a note every couple of days of how the cycle injuries are progressing. This diary, together with the photographs, will provide a timeline for the injuries, which could help determine the amount of compensation you are awarded. If an independent doctor is asked to produce a report, then these records would be extremely useful.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you through the minefield of rules and regulations that makes up the compensation system.
We have been assisting in cases involving compensation claims for cycle crash injuries for many years and we know what is needed to get you the best deal as quickly as possible. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to chat about your claim today. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 14th July 2013
Category: Cycling accident claim