Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
According to American Family Physician bicycle accident injuries account for 580,000 emergency visits and more than one million physician visits each year across the United States. Researchers report that while injury can occur to any part of the body in a crash, hospitals and physicians see some injuries more commonly than others. *source
- Traumatic Brain Injury and other head injuries occur in up to 47 percent of bicycle injuries and are the cause of more than 60 percent of all bike accident-related deaths and the majority of long-term or permanent disabilities. Head injuries commonly seen include concussion, skull fracture, brain contusions, and hemorrhage.
- Face contusions, facial fractures, jaw fractures, and foreign bodies in the eye are also common head injuries.
- Internal injuries may involve the spleen, liver, kidneys, pancreas, vascular perforation, contusion, hernia, or rupture of the small or large bowel. Rib fractures may pierce or puncture the lungs.
- Lower Extremities Injuries include superficial trauma like lacerations, contusions, road rash, sprains, bone fractures, and dislocations.
- Because of the seat and handlebars, pelvic fracture, rectal trauma, and urethral and vulval trauma are common in bicycle accidents.
- Neck and spinal cord trauma are rare except for in motor vehicle accidents, though neck fractures can occur when a rider is flipped from his handlebars at high speed.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is often a residual effect after a serious accident, especially those involving motor vehicles. Emotional trauma can be disabling and may last for an extended period of time.
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