Each year, thousands of cyclists are injured or killed by overly aggressive drives who fail to share the road as required by law. Here at Pusch & Nguyen we have helped numerous cyclists get the medical treatment they require and the compensation they are entitled to.
CYCLING IN HOUSTON
Various areas of Houston have seen an influx in bicycle transportation. Bike lanes and share bike programs have been popping up in recent years. The increase in bicycle transportation has seen an increase in cyclist involved motor vehicle collisions. Even though the city’s infrastructure is catching up it is still lacking in terms of overall safety for cyclists.
COMMON TYPES OF BICYCLE INJURIES
1. SOFT TISSUE
Road rash commonly occurs when a cyclist hits the roadway in a motor vehicle collision. Other common soft tissue damage includes ligament or cartilage damage.
2. BROKE BONES
Fractures to the arms, legs, wrists, elbows, and knees are common in bicycle motor vehicle collisions. Compound fractures are a type of traumatic fracture here the broken bone pierces the skin.
3. INTERNAL INJURIES
Bicyclists can sustain internal injuries to their internal organs; chest (heart and lungs) and abdomen (liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract).
4. SPINE INJURIES
: Can cause temporary, partial, or permanent paralysis at or below the injury. Total paralysis tends to be permanent. Recovery from partial paralysis can take years of rehabilitation and medical treatment.
This type of head injury can cause blood clots to form between the cranium and brain, and even within the brain. The blood clots can interrupt the supply of oxygenated blood to the brain and can ultimately cause a stroke.
Occurs when the brain impacts the interior of the cranium when jolted in a collision. A cyclist can still sustain a concussion despite wearing a helmet, however wearing a helmet will likely minimize injury.
This type of brain injury can mimic the symptoms of a concussion.
8. TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)
includes everything from hematomas to contusions.
ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET! Despite there being no laws on the books in Texas that would require an adult to wear a helmet, it is just common-sense self-preservation. Always ride with traffic and stay as far over right as safely possible. Always signal turns with the appropriate hand signal and obey all traffic control devices and signage. Use reflectors and wear bright and conspicuous clothing to increase your visibility to other drivers, which will greatly reduce your likelihood of being hit by a motorist. Never ride on the sidewalk; if you hit a pedestrian you will be liable for damages. If you insist on wearing earbuds or headphones, only wear one in order to be able to hear what is happening around you.
I JUST GOT HIT WHILE BIKING. WHAT NOW?
If the collision was caused by the other driver’s negligence, then your medical costs, medication costs, ambulance ride, and lost wages will all be paid by the insurance company that covers the vehicle that hit you – up to the limits of the policy coverage. After a collision, it is your responsibility to identify the driver, obtain their contact information, and their insurance information. It is always recommended to call police in order to have a collision report made, where the investigating officer notes this information. After a collision, a claim must be initiated within 30 days. Here at Pusch & Nguyen we are experienced in these types of cases, and we will fight tooth and nail to make sure that you receive every penny that you are entitled to. Our consultation is always free, and you pay nothing unless we get your money. Give us a call today so we can start fighting for you.
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