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San Diego is one of the best places in the country for cyclists. The expansive coastline and tirelessly sunny days provide the perfect landscape for biking with the family, riding competitively, or even commuting to work. Riding a bike on our Southern California roads takes responsibility and careful attention. Unfortunately, even the most vigilant cyclist can suffer personal injury when sharing a road with careless drivers.

Cyclists have far less protection than automobile drivers. The unfortunate truth is that even if a rider is properly wearing a helmet and other safety gear, injuries are likely to be sustained when colliding with a moving vehicle.

Riders who have been involved in an accident often report injuries ranging from broken bones to Damages to internal organs, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury have been reported by bicyclists that have been involved in accidents. In the worst accidents, bicycle injuries can lead to wrongful death. No matter the severity of a bicycle accident, the injuries and losses are damaging to the individual involved and their families.

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Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents

There are many things that can contribute to a bicycle accident. While the majority of bicycle accidents are caused by careless drivers, accidents can also be caused by product defects, unsafe road signage, or poor roadway design. Here is a list of some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Southern California:

Unsafe Drivers

Some motorists do not follow the rules of the road. These drivers are reckless and often times fail to recognize bicyclists on the road. These are some of the common mistakes that drivers make that can result in an accident:

  • Failure to share the roadway
  • Failure to make a full and complete stop
  • Failure to give the bicyclist the right-of-way
  • Failure to drive at the posted speed limit
  • Making an unsafe turn
  • Making an unsafe or illegal maneuver

Unsafe Roadways or Bike Trails

The city of San Diego is constantly finding ways to make our roadways safe for all—drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists alike. However, some roads in San Diego have not yet been updated to meet these safety measures and can lead to bicycle accidents for riders traversing them. Roadways can be considered unsafe if they have any of the following:

  • Poor or insufficient lighting
  • Potholes or uneven pavement
  • Obscure signage
  • Improperly marked bicycle lanes
  • Faded traffic lines

Poorly designed roadways that put riders at risk of colliding with vehicles are cause for the city to be held responsible in the case of an accident.

Faulty Bicycle Design

In some cases, a bicycle can be poorly designed or have faulty parts. If a bicycle deteriorates due to sub-quality materials, a cyclist could be at risk for injuries.

Defective Helmets

Sometimes, poor quality control can mean that a defective helmet can make it onto store shelves and into the hands (and onto the head) of an unsuspecting bicyclist—or even a child. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe. If they have produced a faulty product, they can be held responsible for the injuries that have occurred due to their ineffective quality control.

Construction Zones

Both drivers and cyclists should maneuver through construction zones with caution. But when construction zones are not planned properly and do not display the appropriate signage, even the most watchful bicyclist can become harmed. In instances such as this, the construction company can be found at-fault for the injury and damages.

Types Of Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicyclists who have been injured in an accident often report injuries such as:

Fractures

Bicyclists involved in accidents can suffer from broken bones. Often times, cyclists are thrown off of their bike during an accident. This can result in significant bone fractures. When one or more bones are broken in an accident, physical therapy is typical for recovery whether or not the fractures require surgery. In some cases, an injured cyclist might never gain full restoration of movement in the affected areas, permanently limiting their mobility.

Head Injuries

Head injuries are among the most severe type of injuries that can be sustained in a cycling accident. When the brain has been damaged, the resulting injuries can last a lifetime. The complexity of the brain damage, the severity of lacerations, and the degree of head impact may all contribute to partial or complete loss of bodily and cognitive functions.

The brain damage sustained from a head injury may impair an individual’s speech ability and recognition and can make day-to-day tasks difficult or impossible. Common tasks like driving a car or going grocery shopping might become too complex. Tragically, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious consequences that can follow a bike accident.

Spinal Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can greatly alter a victim’s life, especially if it results in any of the following conditions:

  • Loss of physical sensation
  • Loss of dexterity
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Breathing problems
  • Paralysis

When bicycle accidents cause spinal damage that results in paralysis, an individual can suffer from:

  • Monoplegia: Paralysis affecting one arm or leg
  • Hemiplegia: One arm and one leg on one side of the body
  • Paraplegia: Both legs affected
  • Quadriplegia: Both arms and both legs affected

Spinal injuries can fundamentally change the course of a victim’s life.

Internal Organ Damage

Soft tissue injury can cause internal bleeding, lacerations, partial or complete loss of an organ, pierced bowels, and blood loss. Many cyclists who have been injured in what they think is a “low impact” accident fail to get immediate medical attention despite injuries that cannot be seen by the naked eye. If an internal injury is not addressed immediately, it may result in internal bleeding that can result in death.

Abdominal Injuries

The midsection of the human body is inherently vulnerable to injury. Since the stomach isn’t adequately protected by bone, it’s no wonder that abdominal injuries sustained in a bike accident can be severe. Injuries can range from lacerations, to puncture wounds, internal bleeding, loss of organ function, and other catastrophic bodily injuries. Victims of adominal injury often require surgery. The recovery process may take months or even years.

Chest Injuries

A blow to the chest by a moving vehicle can lead to broken ribs, collapsed lungs, a broken sternum or ruptured diaphragm, heart pain, artery damage, and even a ruptured aorta. These injuries can be catastrophic and can sometimes result in wrongful death. Chest injuries may require ongoing medical care and may never fully heal.

When To File A Claim

Injured bicyclists often need to take legal action in order to obtain justice and to get their lives back on track. Medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life—these difficult and stressful accident outcomes are generally not the fault of the injured person. If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident, take action as soon as possible to ensure all of your legal rights are preserved.

No matter how your bicycle accident was caused—whether by faulty design or a negligent driver—our lawyers can help you file a claim and seek justice for your case. Bicycle accidents are surrounded by complex circumstances. Understanding how to deal with these complexities requires a legal team that understands the rights of the victim. If that sounds like you, our lawyers are the experts you need right now.

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