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What to do in the aftermath of a bicycle crash

If you are like many bicycle enthusiasts across New Jersey, you may bust out the bike at the first sign of snowmelt. While biking can be a great, sustainable way to get out and explore, it is also an inherently dangerous method of transportation, and this holds true regardless of how much experience you have out on the road.

All it takes is one nearby motorist to look down for a moment or experience some type of distraction, and that motorist can collide with you, even if you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Because you have minimal protection when you are riding a bike and cars tend to be so much larger and heavier, the injuries you can suffer when you collide with one can prove quite severe. If you find yourself, as a bicyclist, involved in an accident with a car or truck, take the following steps immediately afterward.

Assess your head

When it comes to a possible head injury, do not mess around. If you experience blurred vision, dizziness or confusion, see a doctor immediately. The same holds true if you notice a crack in your helmet, which is an indication of a pretty major blow.

Apply pressure to your organs

If your abdominal area takes a hit during your accident, which may be especially likely if you go over your handlebars, feel around for anything that might feel out of the ordinary. If anything feels particularly hard or particularly soft, know that this may indicate internal bleeding.

Consider a possible spinal injury

A potential spinal cord injury is again, nothing to mess around with. After a bike accident, try to wiggle your fingers and toes. If you notice a tingling feeling or an uncharacteristic numbness, know that this may suggest that you have a spinal cord injury.

Not all bike injuries are immediately apparent. Therefore, anytime you find yourself in a bicycle accident, consider seeking prompt medical attention.

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