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Recovering From a Clavicle Injury After an Arizona Bike Accident

Clavicle and Collarbone Injuries

You know the moment, even if it's only in your nightmares: a car pulls into traffic, or into the bike lane, hits you and your bicycle, and sends you crashing down into the ground. If you were recently involved in a collision you already understand the pain and suffering that accompanies a bike crash. Even if you haven't experienced a collision yet, it's important to understand what could happen so you can be prepared to take care of yourself, and make a full recovery. Chances are, if you are struck by a vehicle while riding your bike, you will sustain one of the most common injuries - a broken clavicle - and you've got to be ready for what comes next. Read on for more information about these injuries and what to do when you're the victim of a collision with a negligent driver.

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Understanding Clavicle Injuries After an Arizona Bike Accident

When you are sent flying from your bicycle in a collision with a car, or you're sent crashing into the road, you never know how you will land, where you will land, or how hard you will land. A break in your clavicle is a serious injury that occurs when the clavicle bone in your chest area, located in between your shoulder blade and your rib cage, sustains a fracture or clean break, and it's one that can happen just by landing "wrong". You don't have to land on your chest in order to break your clavicle, and this is a common misconception. In fact, a strong blow to your shoulder causes most broken clavicles. If you sustain a broken clavicle injury during your bicycle crash here is what you will experience afterward:

  • Inability to lift your arm for an extended period of time during the initial break period and for many weeks after the break heals
  • Significant pain, swelling, and bruising at the site of your injury and in your arms and shoulders
  • Sagging in your shoulders that can become permanent
  • Deformities in your shoulders and in your chest that may be temporary while you are healing, but can also be permanent

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What to Do if Your Clavicle is Broken in an Arizona Bike Accident

When a negligent driver hits you and your bicycle you may think that you just go to the doctor, and that your medical insurance and their auto insurance will foot the bill. But this isn't always the case, and payout limits on both types of insurance could make it difficult, if not impossible, for you to get the compensation you need to pay for medical care, and to replace your lost wages and your bicycle. That's why it is important to make an appointment for a free consultation with a skilled AZ bike accident lawyer who understands bicycle injury cases. We have also seen many times that a broken clavicle does require surgery and does not heal on its own so that is a whole other matter you may have to consider.

The Husband & Wife Law Team start by helping you to understand your case, your rights, and your options. If you decide to move forward, we are there every step of the way to help you make all the right decisions, and to get the compensation you need and so rightly deserve. For help right now contact lawyers Mark and Alexis Breyer at (602) 457-6222.

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