Georgia Bike Accident Lawyer
What You Need to Know About Georgia Biking Accidents
Representing Bike Accident Victims Across Georgia
If you were hurt in a bike crash in Georgia, you should speak with bicycle accident attorneys who care about you and your situation.
The majority of the time, drivers are either not paying attention or are distracted by cell phones or other passengers. Bicycle riders are too frequently disregarded on roads by careless drivers who do not pay attention to their surroundings.
When a bike and a car collide, it often results in catastrophic injuries that may be fatal or life-threatening. Because bikes lack the structural protection offered by cars, bicyclists are typically the ones who suffer the most in these types of collisions.
A bike rider can sustain severe injuries in a horrific crash that only requires an impact speed of 20 to 30 mph.
Bikers frequently require extensive medical care, which results in high medical costs that can be ongoing. After seeking medical attention, you should contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer immediately to begin your legal claim.
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Common Bike Accident Claims We Handle
Motor vehicles, other bikes, and road hazards can all play a role in bicycle accidents.
A bike injury lawyer from The Brown Firm is prepared to assist you if you were hit because of another person’s negligent actions. The negligent party isn’t always the driver of a car. It can be a large corporation if a work vehicle like a UPS truck hit you, or a city government if there was a road hazard like an improperly installed sewer grate or pothole that should have been taken care of.
We deal with a variety of case types, such as:
- Defective Roadways (potholes, etc.)
- Drunk Drivers
- Wrongful Death
- Hit and Run Bicycle Crashes
- Dog Chase/Bite Accident
- Hit By a Motor Vehicle While in a Bike Lane
- Road Rage
Bicyclists require an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about bicycle law and aware of the risks associated with cycling. To hold the responsible driver accountable, contact our top bike accident law firm.
The Brown Firm will work hard during settlement talks, arbitration or mediation, and will be a tenacious trial advocate to resolve your personal injury lawsuit.
We are dedicated to defending the legal rights of injured cyclists, holding the negligent party responsible, and fighting for the maximum compensation you need to properly recover.
How We Can Help Your Georgia Bicycle Accident Claim
Bike riders are frequently rear-ended by drivers turning illegally or without looking, hit by a rear-view mirror, backed into, or hit by a car door that opens in their path. Some cyclists are even injured by defective bicycles.
Bicycle accident victims have a lot on their plates, starting with their mental and physical recovery.
The Brown Firm will take care of the logistical and legal issues associated with your case so you can concentrate on regaining your life and health.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at The Brown Firm will handle all legal proceedings against the at-fault party, including:
- Evaluating the proper value of your damaged bike and other economic damages
- Pursuing a property damage claim
- Filing a personal injury claim
- Recovering deserved non-economic damages
- Sorting out insurance payments and medical bills
- Reversing improper traffic citations from police officers
- Appellate advocacy if a judgment is appealed
- Communicating with insurance adjusters
- Negotiations to achieve a favorable settlement
- Handling communications with medical providers
Your bike accident lawyer will start a detailed investigation into the circumstances that may have contributed to the accident. We have a group of specialists and experts experienced in gathering evidence and obtaining witness testimonies.
Our bike accident attorneys will construct a solid case to pursue the largest settlement and a successful resolution for your bicycle accident lawsuit.
Common Injuries Suffered in Bicycle Accidents
As the popularity of bicycling grows, so does the number of bike wrecks and bicycle fatalities.
Thousands of bicyclists suffer injuries each year on U.S. roadways.
These injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Puncture Wounds
- Road Rash
- Total or Partial Paralysis
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Eye Damage
- Lost or Broken Teeth
- Severe Brain Damage
- Internal Injuries
- Bike Fatalities
Fortunately, many cities have implemented more bicycle paths off major roadways and more bicycle lanes on the roadways to improve bicycle safety.
These measures reduce wrecks due to poor road conditions and wrecks with automobiles, but they do present other risks. These paths are not always well designed, maintained, or supervised, creating hazards.
Common wrecks on bike paths include pedestrian accidents, accidents with other bicyclists, and falls due to path conditions.
While a cyclist may get a number of injuries in a car accident, a head injury is the most serious. The most common cause of death in bicycle accidents is head trauma, which is why cyclists should always wear helmets.
Cycling accident victims must retain legal counsel to assist them in pursuing financial compensation in a bicycle accident lawsuit due to the complexity and seriousness of the types of damages.
Georgia Bicycle Traffic Laws That Determine Liability
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2020, there were 938 bicycle deaths because of traffic crashes.
Bicyclists must follow all traffic regulations, just like drivers of passenger vehicles. But due to their greater degree of vulnerability on the roads, automobile, truck, and SUV drivers are required to adhere to certain rules and adopt particular safety steps mandated to safeguard bike riders.
A few Georgia statewide precautions constructed to protect bicyclists include:
- Drivers of motorized passenger vehicles must yield to cyclists in bike lanes.
- 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.
- Drivers of passenger vehicles must yield to bicyclists on a sidewalk.
There are also laws Georgia bike riders must follow to stay safe against other vehicles on the roadway:
- Bicycles generally have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, with specific exceptions.
- Cyclists must ride as near to the right of the roadway when riding below the speed limit unless they are turning, overtaking a vehicle, or avoiding hazards.
- Even in bike lanes, bicyclists must ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
- In Georgia, bike lanes are for the sole use of bikes, but bicyclists are not required to use them unless a local ordinance requires it.
- All other drivers must yield to a bicycle in a bike lane.
- Bike riders over the age of 12 are not legally permitted to bike on sidewalks unless local laws allow it.
- Bicyclists under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet.
- There are only permitted to be two bikes side by side in a lane while riding.
- Bicyclists must signal when turning.
- Bicyclists are required to come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.
- Bicyclists may pass cars and trucks on the right if it can be done without riding off the roadway. If not, bicyclists should pass vehicles on the left.
- At night, a bicycle must be equipped with a front headlight visible from at least 300 feet away and a rear red light or red reflector visible from 300 feet away.
What Cyclists Can Do To Stay Safe
Avid cyclists should use protective gear, including:
- Bicycle Helmet
- Elbow Pads
- Knee Pads
- Bright Colors
- Fitted Clothing (clothing that won’t get caught on the bike or anything you pass)
Your bike should be equipped with this safety equipment as well:
Always ride defensively and keep an eye out for traffic. Be wary of distracted drivers, and if they can’t see you, attempt to signal your presence or reduce your speed.
Most importantly, you should never ride your bike against the flow of traffic. This is dangerous and should never be attempted. Bike riders are hurt and killed every year because they ride on the wrong side of the road.
Helpful Tips After a Bike Accident Injury
At your case evaluation, your bicycle accident attorney will probably inquire about any documentation you have.
The more details you can supply, like with all personal injury claims, the better:
- Take pictures of the accident scene with your cell phone.
- Get license plate numbers, and contact the authorities.
- Get witness statements and their contact information.
- Keep your insurance information, emergency contact, and personal information handy.
- Call the police and make an accident report. A police report provides documentation of the accident and proof of the witnesses.
- Photograph the state your bike was in after the accident and any vehicles involved. Then, don’t move it until the police arrive on the scene and inspect it.
- DO NOT negotiate with the drivers.
- DO NOT make any statements, written or recorded, to anyone without consulting an attorney.
How We Handle Your Property Damage Claim
Always speak with a qualified bicycle accident attorney before communicating with an insurance provider. If you speak with an insurance adjuster, agent, or anyone else from the other party’s auto insurance company, exercise extreme caution. Your remarks to insurance companies may be used against you.
Keep in mind that they are not your ally and that they have received extensive training on how to settle injury cases for the lowest amount possible. They don’t want you to get paid the maximum, but our bike lawyers do. Even innocent remarks you make could ultimately hurt your case.
Bicyclists are entitled to compensation under the law to cover the cost of repairing or even replacing their damaged bicycles. If your bicycle was totaled in the accident, you are entitled to compensation equal to the cost of a new bicycle.
Avoid being duped by insurance providers into accepting your bike‘s reduced value. There is no set method for calculating bike values, so arrange for an insurance company adjuster to evaluate your damaged bike before you have any repairs made.
Typically, the insurance provider will send an adjuster to look over the bike and attempt to give it the lowest possible value. As they are accustomed to looking at automobiles following a car accident, keep in mind that the adjuster might not have any idea about bike values.
They will take numerous images, so be ready to point out any damage, pricey components, or other pertinent information. It will only strengthen your case.
How We Handle Your Economic and Non-Economic Damages
If you or a loved one was hurt in a bike accident, you might need quick help getting medical care, dealing with insurance companies, and handling legal matters.
The dedicated bicycle attorneys at The Brown Firm can help you recover damages, including:
- Medical Expenses
- Rehabilitative Therapy
- Loss of Income
- Disability or Disfigurement Compensation
- A Decline in Earning Potential (due to a permanent injury/disability)
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Quality of Life
- Emotional Trauma
Contact Our Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today!
The Brown Firm has more than 30 years of experience handling cases involving personal injuries and has the knowledge and understanding to offer effective and respected legal counsel throughout your bike accident case.
Our personal injury lawyers take cases on a contingency fee basis, so clients don’t have to pay anything until a fair settlement is reached.
This is just one of the many ways we emphasize the attorney-client relationship while also prioritizing the needs of our clients and helping them during their difficult time.
To receive the compensation and justice you are owed, contact the best bicycle accident injury lawyers in Georgia.
If you or a loved one have severe injuries and need legal advice, our skilled personal injury lawyers will be at your side every step of the way.
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