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Broken Bones from a Bicycle Accident
Bicycling is a healthy, environmentally friendly, and frugal way to commute or just have fun, and New Jersey is a beautiful state with many great places to ride. But bicycle riding can also be a dangerous activity, particularly when it is done around motor vehicles in heavy traffic.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in The Garden State, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, future medical treatments, lost wages, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, and more. To get the settlement you deserve, it is vital that you be represented by a skilled bicycle accident attorney in NJ. The legal team at Princeton's Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has been successfully representing bicycle accident victims for over 20 years. Let them put their experience and knowledge behind your claim by calling (609) 240-0040 for a free case evaluation.
Causes of Broken Bones in Bicycle Accidents
Broken bones in bicycle accidents can be caused by:
- Falling off a bike due to poor road conditions (cracked or crumbling pavement, pot holes, etc.)
- Falling off a bike because of objects or debris in the roadway
- Being hit by a car or other motor vehicle
- Colliding with another bicyclist
- Colliding with a pedestrian
- "Dooring" or motor vehicles opening their door into the path of a bicycle
- Any accident caused by a defective bicycle or defective bicycle part
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle accidents commonly result in; concussions and other brain injuries, cuts, road rash, bruising, and broken or fractured bones. Some of the more commonly fractured bones include:
- Hip fractures - very common in "dooring" accidents and direct collisions with motor vehicles.
- Hand, wrist and arm fractures - common in direct collisions with motor vehicles, but can occur after any type of crash as cyclists tend to try and break their fall with their hands and arms.
- Leg fractures - common in any type of direct collision with a motor vehicle.
Types of Bone Fractures
A cyclists chances for a full recovery from a bone fracture are linked to how many bones were actually broken and what kind of breaks occurred. There are five categories of fractures:
- Simple or closed fracture - the bone breaks but does not penetrate through the skin. Simple fractures are the quickest to heal and usually do so completely.
- Compound or open fracture - the bone breaks and pierces through the skin. The broken bone in a compound fracture must be cleaned and set back into place before it can be allowed to heal. The chance for infection is much greater with a compound fracture, however.
- Transverse fracture - the break occurs at right angles to the long axis of the bone.
- Greenstick fracture - the break occurs on one side of the bone, causing the other side to bend.
- Comminuted fracture - the break results in at least three bone fragments.
Immediate medical attention is essential after a bone is broken in an accident, especially for the more serious types of fractures. Even with the proper treatment, it is possible that the accident victim will suffer from limited mobility or another type of disability following the break.
Compensation for Bone Injuries in a Bicycle Accident
Broken bones can be as minor as fractured fingers and toes, and as major as fractured skulls, crushed vertebrae, and compound or open fractures. Depending on the severity of your accident, you may receive financial compensation for any of the following losses and damages not mentioned above, including:
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Diminished earning capacity
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Loss of joy of life if your injury prevents you from partaking in activities you formally enjoyed
- Loss of a limb
- Costs of physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Cost of household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your injuries (wheelchair ramps, lifts, etc.)
- Costs of in home care
As you can see, breaking a bone in a bicycle accident can seriously impact the lives of you and your family. To diminish this impact, it is advised that you seek out a qualified NJ personal injury lawyer and file a lawsuit against the party liable for your accident.
Princeton Bike Accident Lawyers Who Also Ride
Princeton's Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has been fighting for the rights of New Jersey injury victims since 2000, and will fight to get you a settlement worthy of your injuries so that you and your family won't suffer excessive financial strain. We at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. take the safety of cyclists very seriously. In fact, our partner, attorney David Silverstein (pictured right), is an avid cyclist. Call Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. for a free consultation by dialing (609) 240-0040 today.
- Broken Bone Injuries Suffered in New Jersey Bike Accidents
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Fractures
- MedlinePlus Broken Bone Information
- Overview of Fractures
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