With over 200 bones in the human body, it’s no wonder why avid cyclists typically sustain broken bone injuries in bicycle crashes. One such injury that bicycle riders frequently suffer from in collisions is an anklebone injury. In fact, ankle injuries are very common in bicycle accidents because bicyclists’ legs are exposed and are not protected like those in motor vehicles.
When a car hits a bicyclist, damage to the lower leg and anklebone is likely to occur. While an ankle injury might not sound that serious when compared to a head injury, anklebone injuries can be serious. This is because the anklebone is made up of three bones including the tibia, fibula, and talus. Because these three bones are all connected by ligaments, a fracture of one or all of these bones can prevent a bicycle rider from walking or standing for quite some time.
Ankle injuries and fractures of the tibia, fibula, or talus can restrict the foot’s movement. When a fracture occurs, it is also likely that a ligament has been torn. When both a ligament injury and an anklebone fracture occur following a bicycle accident on U.S. 41, an injured cyclist will typically have the following symptoms:
- Severe pain in the ankle and foot
- Swelling of the ankle, foot, and leg
- Bruising in the area
- Possible bone protruding out of the skin
If you have suffered a tibia fracture in a bicycle accident on a Sarasota road that was caused by a negligent driver, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Contact the Mallard Law Firm for a free case consultation today at 888-409-3805. Compassionate and experienced, they can review your case and help you to understand your legal options.