On any given day in the Atlanta area you can see hundreds of people using bicycles to get from place to place. While cycling can be a healthy and efficient way to commute, it also can expose riders to the risk of serious injury. When bicyclists get involved in accidents with cars, they can easily be thrown from their bike. This can lead to serious bodily injury, including spinal cord injuries (SCIs) that could have long term medical complications. Anyone who has sustained a spinal cord injury in a Newnan bicycle accident should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve.
Spinal injuries are among the most serious injuries that a person can sustain. They occur when damage occurs to any part of the spinal column, including the vertebrae or the spinal cord itself. Because the spinal cord is responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the various parts of the body, serious spinal injuries can result in paralysis or loss of mobility. As a result, it is extremely important for bicyclists to do as much as possible to avoid spinal injuries and to seek medical attention immediately after an accident. Some of the ways bicyclists can reduce his or her risk of injury include taking the following steps:
- ALWAYS wear a helmet
- If riding at night, wear retro-reflective clothing and use headlamps and taillights
- Follow traffic laws
- Avoid distractions
- Never ride impaired
- Use extra caution in high-traffic areas
- Make sure you practice proper bicycle maintenance
- Stay out of driver’s blind spots
In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a bicycle accident, make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early medical intervention is critical in many types of injuries, including SCI. In addition, having your injury officially documented can be extremely helpful in establishing legal liability and damages. Finally, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a Newnan 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. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.