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What to do in the aftermath of a bike crash

If you count yourself among the many people across Alaska who bust out the bicycle at the first sign of summer, you are not alone. For a few months, at least, Alaska transforms into a sportsman or sportswoman’s paradise, and exploring this beautiful state on a bike is a great, although inherently dangerous, way to see more of what it has to offer. Even the most careful cyclists cannot avoid all accidents and injuries, however, and this proves particularly true when motorists behave negligently and fail to follow the rules of the road.

Unfortunately, when cars and bicycles collide, the bicyclist is frequently on the losing end, due in large part to the lack of protection a bike offers. If you find yourself involved in a bike accident, consider taking the following steps to minimize damage and, hopefully, avoid serious injury.

Do not ignore head injuries

Head and brain injuries can be life-threatening and even fatal, and you can suffer one even if you are wearing a helmet, if the impact is substantial enough. If you feel confused, have trouble seeing, lose consciousness or notice a crack in your helmet, seek immediate medical attention.

Consider the possibility of a spinal cord injury

If, after a bike crash, you feel any numbness or a tingling sensation in your fingers or toes, know that this is a strong indication that you may have a neck, back or spinal cord injury. You may also be able to identify a spinal cord injury by turning your head slowly in one direction, and then the other. If it feels different or painful when you do so, again, seek prompt medical attention.

Assess the condition of your vital organs

Bike accidents can also result in damage to your internal organs, and this may prove especially likely if you go over the handlebars during your accident. If you suspect you might have damaged an internal organ, give yourself a gut check. Feel around your belly area for firmness or anything that feels out of the ordinary, and if you identify a problem area, get it checked out right away.

Not all bike accident injuries are immediately apparent, so anytime you have an inkling you may have one, do not delay in seeking medical help.

 

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