Injured While Biking? Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers Offer a Free Consultation

Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyers

If you were injured in a bicycle accident in Georgia or South Carolina, contact bicycle accident lawyers who understand what you are going through and are motivated to help.

We have three Georgia offices, in Atlanta, Savannah, and Athens, and one in Okatie, South Carolina to serve you.

A collision between a bike and a motor vehicle often ends in life-threatening or fatal injuries. These types of accidents usually have a devastating impact on bicyclists, who lack the structural protection provided by automobiles.

Often, motorists are not paying attention or are distracted by things such as their cell phones or other passengers.

These negligent drivers are not paying attention to cyclists, and bicycle riders are too easily overlooked on Georgia and South Carolina roads and highways. It only takes 20 to 30 mph of impact to create a devastating crash resulting in a rider suffering serious injuries.

The Brown Firm is a wonderful firm! They came to my case in the middle and had to untangle a mess. They did so with great dedication and skill. They are thorough, decisive, and very knowledgeable. I was grateful to have them in my corner. Thanks to them, we won. Even after our case was finished they made certain I understood what my future options were, and how to navigate things going forward. They are a lifesaver.

Dan Weller
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Common Bike Accident Claims We Handle

Bike accidents can involve motor vehicles, other bikes, or hazards due to roadway neglect. No matter the cause, The Brown Firm is ready to represent you. We handle a range of case types, including:

To prove a slip and fall case, you need evidence that can prove these three things:

  • Hit by a motor vehicle on a bike
  • Bicycles and road rage
  • Dog chase/bite bicycle accident
  • Hit and run bicycle crashes
  • Defective roadways (potholes, etc.)
  • Wrongful death

Cyclists need a competent lawyer who understands the dangers of cycling and is well-versed in Georgia law.

The Brown Firm will work tirelessly to settle your dispute through settlement negotiations, arbitration or mediation, and aggressive trial advocacy.

Contact our top Georgia bicycle accident lawyers; we are passionate and committed to protecting injured cyclists’ rights and obtaining the compensation needed to recover fully from your bicycle accident injury.

How We Can Help Your Case

Bikers are often hit by someone making a turn illegally or without looking, struck by a rear-view mirror, backed into, or even grazed by a car door opening in their pathway.

If you or a beloved family member was injured in a biking accident, you have a lot on your plate, starting with recovering both emotionally and physically.

At The Brown Firm, we will handle all administrative and legal complications of your case so you can focus on reclaiming your life and health.

The Brown Firm’s experienced personal injury lawyers will manage all legal case procedures, including:

  • Pursuing a property damage claim
  • Filing a personal injury claim
  • Sorting out insurance payments and medical bills
  • Reversing improper traffic citations from police officers confused by the rules of the road for bicycles
  • Negotiations in achieving a favorable settlement
  • Evaluating the proper value of your damaged bike
  • Appellate advocacy if a judgment is appealed
  • Recovering deserved damages
  • Handling all communications with insurance companies and medical providers

From the time we are retained by an injured bicyclist, our bicycle accident attorneys begin a thorough investigation into the circumstances that may have caused or contributed to the accident.

The Brown Firm has a team of specialists and experts who are experienced in retrieving evidence and securing witness statements from the scene. They build a strong case to seek the highest settlement possible and a favorable outcome for our clients.

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Common Injuries Suffered

As the popularity of bicycling to navigate congested cities and busy business grows, so does the number of bike wrecks.

Every year, thousands of bicyclists suffer injuries such as broken bones, concussions, punctured wounds, road rash, total or partial paralysis, spinal cord injuries, eye damage, lost or broken teeth, severe brain damage, and death.

To increase bike safety, many cities have implemented more bicycle paths off major roadways, as well as more bicycle lanes on the roadways. Although they reduce the risk of automobile wrecks, they do present other risks.

These paths are not always well designed, maintained, or supervised, creating hazards and possibly serious accidents.

Common wrecks apt on bike paths include bicycle/pedestrian accidents, bicycle/bicycle accidents, and falls due to path conditions.

While a variety of injuries are possible in a bicycle-motor vehicle crash, the most severe is a head injury.

Brain injuries are the leading cause of death in bicycle accidents and can leave survivors with permanent disabilities. The complexities and severity of traumatic brain injuries make it imperative that cyclists obtain legal representation to help them recover financial compensation in a bicycle accident case.

The Brown Firm will use all necessary resources to prove and demonstrate to the jury the implications of the injury. For example, we used the expert testimony of neurophysiology physicians to demonstrate the personal and financial challenges our clients endured due to the seriousness of their injury.

cyclist is riding on street and hit by driver
woman asses injures after being hit by car on bicycle

Bicycle Traffic Laws Determine Liability

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over 600 cyclists perish each year and over 52,000 are hurt in bicycle-motor vehicle crashes.

It’s true they bicyclists are expected to obey Georgia and South Carolina traffic laws. That said, drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs are obligated to follow specific guidelines and undertake certain safety precautions that are outlined for the protection of bike riders due to their increased level of vulnerability on Georgia roadways.

A few statewide precautions constructed to protect bicyclists include:

  1. Drivers of motorized passenger vehicles must yield to cyclists in bike lanes.
  2. Drivers of motorized passenger vehicles must yield to bicyclists on a sidewalk.
  3. Prohibitions on reckless vehicular assault of bicyclists.
  4. Drivers must stay to the left of a bicyclist when they pass, at a safe distance, and only come back to their original lane a safe distance away.

What Cyclists Can Do to Stay Safe

Wear protective gear, including:

  • Helmet
  • Shoulder and knee pads
  • Bright colors
  • Fitting clothing that won’t get caught on the bike or anything you pass

Equip your bike with safety tools:

  • Headlights
  • Bells
  • Reflectors
  • Horns

Always bike defensively and be aware of your surroundings. Be cautious of distracted drivers and try to make yourself known or slow down if they can’t see you.

Most importantly, never ride against traffic; this is a highly dangerous bike riding practice that should always be averted. Year after year, bike riders are injured and killed because they choose to ride down the wrong side of the road.

Helpful Tips After a Bike Accident Injury

Your Atlanta bicycle accident attorney will likely ask about documentation at your case evaluation. As with all personal injury cases, the more information you can provide the better:

  1. Always carry a cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene, get license plate license plate numbers, and contact the authorities.
  2. Try to obtain any witnesses statements and record their contact information.
  3. Have a copy of your insurance information, emergency contact, and personal information.
  4. Call the authorities and make an accident report, this provides documentation of the accident and provides proof of the witnesses.
  5. Photograph your bike, the vehicle involved, and the state your bike was in after the accident. Don’t move it until the police arrived on the scene and inspected it.
  6. DO NOT negotiate with the drivers.
  7. DO NOT make any statements, written or recorded, without consulting an attorney.

As a means of helping to avoid accident-related injuries, it is important to wear the proper protective gear while cycling including: helmets, shoulder pads, and knee pads. Also properly equip your bike with safety paraphernalia such as headlights, bells, reflectors, and horns.

Always bike defensively and be aware of your surroundings. Be cautious of distracted drivers and try to make yourself known or slow down if they can’t see you.

Most importantly, never ride against traffic; this is a highly dangerous bike riding practice that should always be averted. Year after year, bike riders are injured and killed because they choose to ride down the wrong side of the road.

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woman needs compensation for bicycle accident injuries

How We Handle Your Property/Bike Damage Claim

Always contact an experienced Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer before speaking to an insurance company.

Be very cautious if you interact with an adjuster, agent, or anyone from the insurance company. Remember they are not your ally and they have been thoroughly trained to pay out as little as possible on injury claims.

It’s customary for insurance companies to record all of their calls and your statements to them can certainly be used against you. Any innocuous statements you make to them may be harmful to your case later on.

By law, cyclists have rights and are entitled to compensation for the cost of repairs or even replacement of your damaged bicycle. If your bike wreck was significant enough to total your bike, then you are entitled to be compensated for the replacement value of your bike.

Don’t let insurance companies trick you into settling for a depreciated value of your bike. There is no standard procedure for determining bike values—before you have any repairs done to your damaged bike schedule for an adjuster from the insurance company to inspect it themselves.

In most circumstances, the insurance company will send an adjuster to inspect the bike and try to value it as low as possible. Keep in mind, the adjuster will probably have no clue about bike values as they are used to looking at vehicles after a car accident. They will take plenty of pictures so be prepared to point out the damage, the parts that are expensive and what they sell for, etc., It can only help your claim.

If you or a loved one were injured in a bike-related accident in Georgia or South Carolina, you may need immediate assistance in obtaining medical care and dealing with insurance company hassles and legal issues.

The dedicated personal injury lawyers at The Brown Firm can help you recover damages including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Loss of income
  • Disability or disfigurement compensation
  • A decline of earning potential due to a permanent injury/disability
  • Pain and suffering awards
  • Payments for other physical and mental injuries

The Brown Firm has over 30 years of personal injury litigation experience and the skill and knowledge to provide powerful and respected legal representation throughout the duration of your bike accident case.

Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so our clients don’t pay our law firm a dime until a settlement or lawsuit judgment is reached. This is just one of the many ways we put our client’s needs first, ease their distress, and prioritize the attorney-client relationship.

Contact our top bike accident injury attorneys today to get the compensation and justice you deserve. We have law offices in Atlanta, Savannah, and Athens, GA as well as in Okatie, SC to assist you with your bike accident injury lawsuit.

If you or a loved one have severe injuries and need legal advice, our skilled Savannah and Atlanta personal injury lawyers will be at your side every step of the way.

Fill out our simple online contact form or give our office a call at (800) 529-1441.

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