Some people like riding bicycles for exercise or pleasure, while others use bicycles to commute to work to save costs at the pump. Whatever the reason for riding bicycles on South Florida roads, bicyclists are at risk for injuries. Even though bicycles are considered legal vehicles and allowed to be on the roadway in Florida, drivers of motor vehicles fail to look out for bicycles or yield to bicyclists. Sadly, bicycle accidents are often the result.
When a bicyclist swerves to miss a car, collides into a car door, or gets hit by a vehicle, the results can be serious. While upper extremity injuries to the face, head, and chest are more serious injuries that often result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities, the most common non-fatal bicycle injuries are to the lower extremities.
Injuries to the lower extremities can include:
- Broken toes
- Feet injuries
- Ankle fractures
- Knee injuries like ACL, MCL injuries
- Thigh injuries
- Pelvic fractures
- Hip fractures
Because of the location of a bicyclist’s feet to the ground, ankle and leg injuries tend to be some of the most common lower extremity injuries cyclists suffer from in Florida bicycle accidents. In fact, broken bones in the feet, ankle, and legs are some of the most common non-fatal injuries bicyclists sustain in accidents.
While lower extremity injuries aren’t typically as traumatic as upper extremity injuries, injuries to a cyclist’s lower extremities can still be serious and result in surgery, months of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and time off of work. Additionally, cyclists may lose some function and might not be able to enjoy the things they once did before the crash. As a result, injured cyclists should be compensated accordingly.
If you suffered a lower extremity injury in a Broward County bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. To find out about your rights, speak with a knowledgeable accident attorney today.
The Law Office of David Benenfeld can listen to your story, investigate your crash, explain your rights, protect your interests, and pursue justice on your behalf. To receive legal advice and a free consultation following your Florida bicycle crash, call us at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] today.