What are the most common types of injuries when a driver hits a bike rider?

A review of tens of thousands emergency room and hospital records that was reported in a leading medical journal revealed that bicycle riders who get hit by cars and trucks are most likely to suffer the following types of physical injuries:

  • Head -- Skull fracture, concussion, brain contusion, intracranial hemorrhage
  • Face/Eye -- Contusions (i.e., bruises), facial fractures, dental fractures, corneal foreign bodies (e.g., gravel embedded in the outer layer of the eye)
  • Musculoskeletal -- Fractures, dislocation, strains
  • Chest -- Rib fractures, lung injury (e.g., puncture, collapse)
  • Abdominal -- Splenic rupture, hepatic laceration, renal contusion, pancreatic trauma, vascular perforation, small or large bowel contusion, rupture, traumatic hernia
  • Genitourinary -- Urethral and vulval trauma, rectal trauma, pelvic fractures
  • Skin and soft tissue -- Abrasions (“road rash”), lacerations, contusions

When a driver is clearly at fault for causing a crash that inflicts any of the listed injuries on a bike rider, the bicyclist can partner with a Virginia personal injury lawyer to file insurance claims.


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