As the weather improves, many of us will be getting bicycles out of basements and garages and using them to get from place to place. While bicycling as a form of transportation can be healthy and efficient, it also exposes riders to the risk of serious bodily injury. When bicycles are involved in accidents with motor vehicles, the injuries that riders sustain can be severe. In the most serious cases, they may leave victims with serious and long-term medical complications. As a result, it is imperative that people who are injured in bicycle accidents retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an incident.
Spinal cord injuries are one of the most serious types of accidents that can occur in bicycle accidents. Spinal cord injuries happen when any part of the spinal column, cord, or vertebrae are damaged, and are categorized into two main types:
- Complete - Complete spinal cord injuries occur when a victim loses all feeling or mobility below the site of the injury.
- Incomplete – In an incomplete spinal cord injury, the victim may retain some feeling and mobility below the injury site.
Generally speaking, incomplete spinal injuries have a more favorable prognosis than complete spinal cord injuries.
When bicycle accidents are the result of driver negligence, victims may be able to recover. Some of the more common ways that drivers negligently cause bicycle accidents include:
- Failure to account for weather conditions
- Distracted driving
- Driving while impaired
- Failure to properly maintain a vehicle
Contact a Peachtree City personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Potential damages available in a bicycle accident case include compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage, among others. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping bicycle accident victims recover. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.