If you are like many cyclists, you enjoy getting some fresh air and exercise each time you hit the road. However, when you are the victim of a bike accident, that pleasure can quickly turn to pain as your serious injuries profoundly impact you physically, emotionally and financially.
Understand the toll a bicycle accident can take before you head out on your next two-wheeled adventure.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are over 130,000 bike riders hurt in crashes each year, with injuries ranging from scrapes and bruises to severe trauma. As a cyclist, you are particularly vulnerable to serious impacts without the protective shell of a car around you. The absence of seat belts or airbags means you are directly exposed to the force of a collision, increasing the severity of potential injuries.
Risk of head injuries
Among the greatest concerns in road bike accidents are head injuries. Using a helmet properly to protect your head during a fall or collision helps you reduce the risk of severe head injuries. However, even when you wear a helmet, you remain susceptible to concussions and other brain traumas if you crash.
Until you have been in a serious bike accident, it is easy to underestimate the emotional trauma. The sudden shock of an accident, coupled with the pain of recovery, can lead to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The financial implications of cycling injuries are an additional challenge. Medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and potential loss of income during recovery create a significant burden.
In addition to knowing what is at stake each time you ride your bike, joining with fellow cyclists to advocate for increased enforcement of traffic regulations, improved cycling infrastructure and enhanced public awareness can contribute to reducing the frequency and severity of injuries. Following good cycling practices and working to promote safety creates a better road environment for everyone.