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.
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.
Bicyclists can sustain internal injuries to their internal organs; chest (heart and lungs) and abdomen (liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract).
: 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.
includes everything from hematomas to contusions.