What to Know About Broken Collar Bones
A bicycle can be a lot of fun to ride, but it also can be a dangerous mode of transportation when sharing the road with larger vehicles. Since bicycles do not have a metal case surrounding them as cars do, they lack certain safety features that help absorb the impact of a crash, such as air bags. Because of the way bicycles are designed, bicyclists often are the ones who bear the brunt of an impact and suffer serious injuries as a result. When a bicyclist is hit by a car, the bicyclist may suffer broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken collar bone, etc.
One of the most common, yet painful, of injuries that cyclists can sustain in an Atlanta bicycle accident is a broken collar bone. Since the collar bone, which is located on the shoulder and connects the top of the breastbone to the shoulder blade, is exposed in a crash, it is often broken as a result. This generally occurs when a bicyclist is hit by a vehicle, sending the cyclist to the ground. When a cyclist falls off a bike, the individual may extend his or her arms to break the fall.
Another way in which a collar bone can be injured in a bicycle crash is if the cyclist comes into direct contact with the car and/or the ground. If you have sustained a broken collar bone, also known as a broken clavicle, you may be in pain for quite some time. Although this type of injury is common, it is also very painful and takes a long time to heal completely. It is critical that you seek medical attention immediately to find out your treatment options.
Some collar bone injuries will heal in approximately one month in a sling. However, physical therapy may be needed, and surgery may be required. Your injury may not allow you to return to work for some time, and you need to be aware of what compensation may be available in your case. You may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, and more. Call an experienced Atlanta bicycle accident attorney if you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident in Atlanta or anywhere throughout Georgia. You can reach Kalka & Baer LLC at (404) 907-1594 for a free legal consultation today.