Atlanta Bicycle Accident Lawyer
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Whether for commuting, sport, or pleasure, many people choose bicycles as their mode of transportation in the greater Atlanta area. Unfortunately, riding a bike is not without its share of risks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 600 people are killed in bicycle accidents every year in the Unites States, and more than 60,000 are seriously injured. If you or someone you love was the victim of a bicycle accident in Georgia, do not wait to speak with an experienced Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer from our office for help.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents
Some of the common causes of bike accidents in Georgia are:
- A driver failing to look both ways before pulling out of a parking lot, side street, or driveway
- A driver failing to look before opening their car door when they are parked on a street
- A driver failing to yield to a cyclist in a crosswalk
- A driver attempting to make a right turn while a cyclist is sharing the lane
- A driver rear-ending a cyclist
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The first step is to seek experienced legal representation. Our legal team can advise you of your rights in the event of an unwarranted injury and can investigate the validity of your case.
Our firm was able to secure an $80,000.00 settlement for an injured mountain biker whose repair shop used incorrect parts, which caused a malfunction while riding. View more case results to see how we fight for our clients.
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Insurance Coverage for Bicycle Accidents
Under Georgia law, bicyclists are viewed as vehicles. If you were hit by a car while bicycling, then you could file a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. In many cases, the driver’s insurance is not enough to cover the total cost of damages, so you may be able to sue for additional monetary reward. All drivers in Georgia are required to carry bodily injury liability and property damage liability insurance.
Bodily Injury Liability
In Georgia, every driver is required to carry bodily injury liability. The minimum coverage for every driver is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident, although it is common for insurance coverage levels to reach limits of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident. Bodily injury liability covers expenses related to injury or death to another when an accident is your fault. For bicyclists, this means that the driver who hit you (provided they are insured) will be able to cover at least $25,000 of your injuries.
Property Damage Liability
Georgia requires all drivers to carry a minimum limit of $25,000 for property damage liability. This means that accident victims are covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance for expenses related to property damage. For bicyclists, this would likely include damage to the bicycle and any gear worn at the time of the accident that was damaged.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
When involved in collisions with motor vehicles, bicyclists typically sustain serious injuries. Cyclists aren’t as protected as drivers and passengers in motor vehicles. Besides a helmet, there is little to protect the cyclist from injury. If you were involved in this type of accident, we encourage you to speak directly with an injury attorney at our firm, rather than discussing the case with insurance.
Common injuries sustained in bicycle accidents include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Dental fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries / paralysis
- Amputation / limb loss
Georgia’s “Share the Road” Campaign for Bicycle Safety
The Georgia Department of Transportation participates in a campaign called “Share the Road” which promotes bicycle safety. When motorists and bicyclists share the road, serious accidents can be avoided. The “Share the Road” campaign aims to spread awareness of bicycle traffic laws and inform both bicyclists and motorists of the rules of the road. Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. is a proud supporter of the “Share the Road” campaign.
Georgia Bicycle Safety Laws
Cyclists have all the same rights and privileges as motorists in the state of Georgia. There are also some additional traffic laws that both motorists and cyclists must abide by. Some include:
- § 40-6-397 forbids motorists from harassing cyclists
- The 3-feet rule asks motorists to allow at least three feet between their vehicle and the bicycle when passing
- In many areas, it is illegal for cyclists to ride on sidewalks. See Atlanta’s Sidewalk Ordinance (Sec. 150-210) for more information
- § 40-6-294(a) requires cyclists to ride as far to the right of the roadway as possible except when turning left or avoiding hazards in the road
- Bicyclists should steer clear of parked cars to avoid “dooring” accidents
Protecting the Rights of Accident Victims in Atlanta
If your life has been altered in a serious bicycle accident, and if your accident could have been avoided had the driver exercised reasonable care for your safety, you could have grounds for a personal injury case. Our Atlanta law firm is focused exclusively on personal injury cases, including those involving bike accidents.