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Broken Bone Injuries Commonly Suffered in Tempe Bike Accidents

By Breyer Law Offices on May 30, 2016

In many ways, cycling is the ideal transportation method. It’s green, it’s fun, and it’s a great way to stay fit. Home to ASU and bustling Mill Ave., Tempe is something of a burgeoning bike hub, with students and residents alike exploring the town on two wheels. Yet the modern cyclist faces hidden perils. From blind spots and potholes to careless drivers, the road can be a minefield—especially in driver-centric Arizona.

Sadly, car-bike collisions often end in broken bones, as unprotected bodies have no real protection against the force of a fast-moving car.

A quick rundown of the bones frequently broken in bicycle collisions:

• Hands & Wrists: Riders frequently break bones in the hands and wrists, as people instinctively try to break their falls. Most people experience significant pain and swelling. However, when the pain is relatively minimal, broken bones are often misclassified as sprains.
• Collarbone: One of the most common injuries for cyclists of all stripes. The broken collarbone is a painful milestone for serious bikers. Broken collarbones are relatively easy to diagnose—evidenced by extreme pain and difficulty lifting arms.
• Arms: Probably the most obvious, but arms frequently break when cyclists and cars collide. Yet another break that typically stems from an attempt to soften the blow of falling off the saddle so to speak.
• Skull: Tempe riders beware: skull fractures are one of the easiest injuries to prevent, yet instances still remain high. Not to nag, but PLEASE don’t forget to wear your helmet. Broken bones in the skull go hand in hand with brain injuries.
• Facial Bones: Unfortunately for your sense of vanity, common facial injuries from bike accidents include broken jaws, nose or chipped teeth—often require costly reconstructive surgeries.

What to Do if You’ve Nursing Broken Bones after an Accident

Damage caused by breaks and fractures extends beyond bones. Injured cyclists incur costs faster than a speeding driver. Between emergency room visits, physical therapy and in some cases, surgery, injured cyclists can be on the hook for more than an arm and a leg, and may have to miss work on top of myriad expenses. Should you find yourself with a broken wrist or worse, a personal injury lawsuit may be the answer. Breyer Law Offices, P.C. can help secure a settlement that helps cover your treatment, rehabilitation, and even lost wages.

If you’ve broken bones in a bicycle collision, call Breyer Law Offices, P.C. at (480) 588-8508 for a free consultation. Tempe’s Husband & Wife Law Team focuses on personal injury claims of all kinds, with extensive experience in bicycle accidents. Get the information you need to get the outcome you deserve.

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