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Crash statistics(21 posts)

Crash statisticsamflyer
Sep 2, 2001 11:16 AM
Going over some clinical correlations in my anatomy me to wondering what the most common injuries are to bony structures due to cycling crashes. Of course broken collarbone comes to mind, but how about wrist, arm, etc?

For fun, if you've had a broken bone due to a crash, list which bone, area of break if known (area of bone fractured) and how you landed or were struck to break bone (ie, on shoulder, hit car door, etc)

Might be interesting to "compare scars."
re: Crash statisticsCliff Oates
Sep 2, 2001 11:57 AM
Wrist: radius and ulna sheared cleanly and completely, not a compound fracture, also smaller bones were damaged. Did a Mighty Mouse (one leading arm versus a 2 arm Superman) dive over the top tube in a decreasing radius, reverse camber, 15% grade hairpin turn while descending a mountain. 2 surgeries were required to correct the break. I have a ti plate as a permanent feature in my wrist, external pins were removed 2 weeks ago. I just got back on my bike out on the road yesterday for the first time since the crash 10 weeks ago. I can only ride on the bar tops at the moment, but I'm working on that. No hills until I am comfortable on the hoods and/or drops. PT sucks, but...
re: Crash statistics4bykn
Sep 2, 2001 12:24 PM
Broke pelvis...left acetabulum (sp?). The socket the head of the femur sits in. Broken in four places!
Flipped after dog barrelled into my front wheel, landed on my left hip. No roadrash or outward signs of injury except bruise two days later. Ten weeks in traction.
Thank heaven for morphine!
re: Crash statisticsCT1
Sep 2, 2001 3:39 PM
ARGH... that sounds grim! All's well I hope.

Hope the dog took a trip to the vet also! Sounds like a lawsuit against the mut's owner.

ride on
re: Crash statistics4bykn
Sep 3, 2001 11:45 AM
All's well as long as I'm on the bike. I believe i could attain my previous level of fitness if I could find time to ride enough. When off the bike I limp a bit and experience what my doc calls "some discomfort".
The dog walked away without a scratch, laughing. I'm not even sure if I was his intended target, as he tried to run right through me, not chase me. Imagine a bowling ball hitting your front wheel dead center on the left side at full speed, right at the moment you grab the brakes to avoid it.
And yes there was a lawsuit. My attorney said the insurance company was glad to settle for the owner's liability max of $100,000. Of that sum I got about $35,000 after my attorney and my health insurance company got their share. I'd rather have my body back than the cash.
re: Crash statisticsLone Gunman
Sep 2, 2001 3:16 PM
Broken rt scaffoid requiring bone graph surgery to repair. Cause of accident: HUA (head up ass) Front wheel entered a 6" crevase?sp on the edge of the road and struck the abrupt end of the defect causing my thumb to bend back to my wrist while holding onto the brake hood for dear life @ a blazing 10mph. Layed the bike and I onto a hillside of soft grass.
re: Crash statisticsCT1
Sep 2, 2001 3:43 PM
Sorry..... LOL.... I liked your description of the speed.

I had a very slow speed MTB crash (sub 10 MPH) that gave me a concussion once. As I went over the bars I was thinking "oh.... this aint gonna hurt at all" .... thump, OUCH!

re: Crash statisticsRalph Wiggum
Sep 2, 2001 3:54 PM
Compound fracture to left arm and a dislocated wrist with the radius taking the brunt of the injury. Forearm was bent inward at a 30 degree angle. Just riding along when I hit a slick spot in the road at an intersection after some rain.
re: Crash statisticsDINOSAUR
Sep 2, 2001 5:50 PM
Five fractured ribs. Blew a front tire while descending in the middle of a 90 degree turn. My bike doubled up and I ate my handlebar. Bar plugs serve a purpose, I would have been impaled otherwise...
bar plugsTig
Sep 3, 2001 8:11 AM
The best invention since the seat! I've seen only one open bar end injury. The poor guy looked like someone was trying to take a core sample of his thigh. Must have hurt bad.
right collarbonenee Spoke Wrench
Sep 3, 2001 4:05 AM
Rode down a short hill at about 30mph and found some loose chip and seal at the bottom. I guess I went over the bars and hit on my shoulder and the side of my helmet (helmets can be a good thing). The dissolvable pins to hold the bone in place didn't so I had to go back the next week and get some titanium screws and wire put in.

About 6 months later I went over the bars on my mountain bike and broke the same bone again.
Always cars with me......Tri-State Cycler
Sep 3, 2001 5:42 AM
I've been hit 4 times, each time the fault of the driver.
1. Twice I was run onto the curb/sidewalk by cars turning right as I was turning right. Each time spraining my wrist and scraping my legs and arms. 2. Was plowed into from behind, flew through the air about 25-30ft, landed on my back in a very soggy (Thank God!) ditch on the opposite side of the road. Driver opens door and leans out to ask if I'm okay. As the first blast of his breath hits me like a pack of smelling salts, he accelerates rapidly leaving the scene. I was fortunate to only strain my back and suffer through some major scrapes.
3. Was cut-off by driver making left turn as I was coming downhill at a pedestrian-like 18-22mph. I wasn't so lucky this time as I fractured 2 vertabrae and had to have spinal fusion and bone graft surgeries.
4. Multiple contusions around cranium. Applied by wife with cast iron skillet as she preaches about the virtues of trail riding.
All in all, I feel very fortunate to be alive let alone be able to ride a bike. I do however refuse to let my kids ride on the roads. I guess I'm a hypocrite.
A broken neckElefantino
Sep 3, 2001 8:12 AM
On 7/7, not a lucky day, I was riding in a paceline with club buddies at about 22 mph when the point saw a branch in the road and yelled "TREE!" Six of us got out of the way. I was the seventh. The branch went up into my fork, locked up my front wheel and I did an endo. I landed on my helmet (front left,completely crushed), snapped my neck but, because I was still clipped in to one of my Speedplays (ironically), I did not roll over but instead fell back on my face (broken nose, chin torn open, 100 stitches). Had I gone all the way over, the trauma folks tell me, I would have snapped my spinal cord completely, as did Christopher Reeve, whose angle of impact was almost the same as mine.
Instead, I broke two vertebrae (C-5, C-6) and bruised my spinal cord severely with something called "Central Cord Syndrome Blunt Trauma." My arms and hands were affected. I had spinal fusion surgery (C5-6-7), now wear a full neck brace. I'm undergoing every type of occupational and physical therapy/torture imaginable, and am told I should regain most of the function of my right arm/hand and about 80-90 percent of my left. I'm lucky.
In the meantime, Specialized sent me a new helmet, free (even upgraded me to a King Cobra!), and Trek repaired and repainted my carbon frame for their cost. I'm riding on my trainer at home to keep my legs in shape, and when the collar comes off I'll be back on the road as soon as the doctors will let me.
This took a while to type, but I hope it helps.
re: Crash statisticsTig
Sep 3, 2001 8:25 AM
The most common fractures in cycling are collar bones.

In '87 I crossed an intersection where an oncoming driver turned left into me, hitting me broadside. I know this only from the police report I had to get later for my lawyer thanks to being knocked out. No law suit, just dealing with the insurance criminals. I woke up in the hospital. My left distal tibia broken about 1 1/4 inch from the end. Required a 2 inch titanium screw that was removed 1 year later. Right thumb fractured across the superior joint of the second bone from the end of the thumb. Required a pin (about a 12 guage needle sized wire) sticking out one side of thumb and almost through the other. I had to cut 1/8th inch of it off to make my return ride 6 weeks later.

All my other broken bones and injuries were from motorcycles, climbing trees, and skydiving. I'm so glad I don't do all that anymore! With age comes wisdom, or at least I hope so. Remember, there are no stupid people in retirement homes. All the stupid ones got themselves killed when they were young! (paraphrasing Richard Prior)
Left wrist...PdxMark
Sep 3, 2001 10:34 AM
A friend took me on a trail ride, leading most of the way. He invited me to go ahead for the descent, warning me to watch for a fence at the bottom. Keeping a look out for a fence, I failed to notice the tangle of barbed wire fence laying in the grass. THAT was the fence. It snagged something and pitched me into an endo. Landing seemed fine except for the wrist. A minor break/chip.. not sure of the details.
Ankle/hind footjtolleson
Sep 3, 2001 4:22 PM
Shattered talus and navicular bone by stiff-legging into the ground on the way down. Very freaky for a bike intjury (Not Common)
Sep 3, 2001 6:54 PM
Left clavicle fracture, dislocated shoulder and attendant ligament tears. Did a complete flip, landing on my back with left shoulder making the first contact with the ground and absorbing the impact. The bike was on top of me and we were pointed in the direction from which we (the bike and I) came. Very painful but didn't realize anything was seriously wrong until I got up and my left hand was almost at knee level.
re: Crash statisticsmarkwb
Sep 3, 2001 6:56 PM
Broken collar bone, 4 pieces. 4 broken ribs. Broken Hammerhead helmet, new, first ride with helmet. No memory of crash, over 2 years ago.
re: Crash statisticsflybyvine
Sep 3, 2001 8:27 PM
Shaking my head violently to get rid of a fly inside my glasses, the resulting vertigo caused me to simply keel over onto my right shoulder before I even realised I was falling - sheared right collar bone.

Must have looked funny from the sideline !!
re: Crash statisticsRobert
Sep 4, 2001 10:25 PM
OK .... I was only 8 years-old at the time but I was in a serious downhill roadrace. Not sure what happened other than I flew over the handlebars and did a face-plant on the asphalt at about 20mph. Woke up about 15 minutes later surrounded by people trying to figure out why the blood would not stop pouring out of my mouth.

Knocked out three teeth, took most of the skin off my face, and required several weeks of packing gaping facial wounds, and changing bandages twice daily.

That was 37 years ago. The only reminder is that I still have a false tooth right up-front. The other two were still 'baby-teeth' so they were going to come out sooner or later anyway. The facial wounds healed with almost no scaring. Ahh .. to be young again .

re: Crash statisticspeloton
Sep 5, 2001 4:21 AM
A couple of concussions, numerous stitches, sprained wrist, tendinitis (ITBS to be specific), a couple broken ribs, and more road rash then I care to think about. Health insurance is priceless. Accident insurance is a good idea too.