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Dealing with the Physical and Emotional Trauma of a Bicycle Accident

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Trauma is a term used to describe both physical and psychological injuries that occur when an individual experiences or witnesses an event that causes significant distress.  You may experience trauma if you’re involved in a bicycle accident.

According to research from Cycling UK and government statistics, calculations based on traffic counts over the last 20 years show a decrease in the risk of being killed while cycling (per billion miles) since 2013, along with the risk of severe or mild injury. However, it’s important to keep in mind that government statistics also support this research, which indicates a positive trend for cycling safety in recent years.

What is Physical Trauma?

Physical trauma from bicycle accidents can cause a variety of serious injuries. Common bike accident injuries include broken bones, bruises, neck and back pain, cuts, lacerations, sprains and strains. Cyclists can also suffer more severe injuries such as internal organ damage, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury. Head trauma is particularly dangerous for cyclists, especially if not protected by a helmet. Even minor impacts can cause severe concussions that could lead to long-term cognitive impairment or even death in some cases.

What is Emotional Trauma?

The impact of a bicycle accident can go far beyond just physical pain and suffering and is often far-reaching and long-lasting. The psychological effects of experiencing a traumatic event can have lasting consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders. Furthermore, the financial burden associated with medical costs stemming from an accident can be overwhelming for many individuals who were previously healthy before their accident occurred.

How to deal with the physical and emotional trauma of a bicycle accident

Self-care is essential to recovery following a traumatic event such as a bicycle accident. Taking time to rest and recover physically, emotionally, and mentally can help you heal from the trauma of an accident with greater ease. Engaging in activities that bring joy or relaxation can relieve stress and allow individuals to gain control over their lives after experiencing a bicycle accident. Some self-care practises that may be helpful  include getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, finding ways to manage stress levels through exercise or meditation, connecting with supportive friends or family members who understand what you’re going through, and engaging in hobbies or creative pursuits that bring pleasure into your life.

Therapy is also an effective tool for those suffering from emotional trauma due to a bike accident. It provides an opportunity to discuss feelings associated with the experience while learning healthy coping strategies that empower individuals during difficult times. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is used to alter negative thought patterns so that managing emotions related to the trauma becomes easier over time.

How can the Cycle SOS team  help you after a cycling injury?

Legal considerations are an important part of the recovery process following a bicycle accident. It is essential to understand your legal rights and how they may be affected by the incident in order to pursue any potential compensation you may be entitled to. Making a personal injury claim for a bicycle accident can help victims receive monetary damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by their injury.

At Cycle SOS, we understand how a cycling injury can affect your life and work with you to ensure you receive the proper support, as well as an appropriate compensation amount for your claim.

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We’ll support you through the entire cycling injury claim, gathering and presenting all the evidence necessary to ensure proper compensation to cover pain and suffering, loss of earnings, medical costs, and damage to your bike.

Our cycling accident claim specialists can help you throughout your physical and emotional recovery, ensuring that you have the means to get back to your pre-accident health. The Cycle SOS team of specialist medical professionals and physiotherapists will, when possible, get you back on your bicycle, whether you cycle professionally, enjoy a bike ride on the weekend, or commute to work.

For more information about our services or to start your claim, call 0808 100 9995 and speak to one of our specialist solicitors. You can email us or schedule a callback.

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Cycle SOS
Cycle SOS only deal with cycle accident claims. We understand cyclists, and believe that cyclists have the right to be safe on the roads. Cycle SOS The Cyclists National Helpline is made up of a highly trained team of specialist personal injury cycling lawyers that have recovered millions of pounds for people making bicycle accident claims.