Bicyclists should be comfortable and safe sharing the road with other motorists. Sadly, despite laws to protect bicyclists, motorists cause a significant number of bicycle accidents each year. If you or a loved one was a victim of a preventable accident while riding a bicycle, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Regardless of where your accident took place or the exact circumstances, the attorneys at Athens Injury Law are ready to investigate the incident and determine who is liable for your injuries. We firmly believe that you should not have to suffer any more than you have as a result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Retaining the services of an experienced injury attorney is in your best interest.
Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents
There are many different causes of bicycle accidents, though most collisions can be attributed to some form of driver negligence. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Georgia include:
- Driver inattention or distraction
- Aggressive driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Opening doors into the path of cyclists, also known as “dooring”
- Following cyclists too closely
- Failing to check blind spots
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Running red lights and stop signs
Bicycles often have the right of way when traveling Georgia’s roadways (OCGA § 40-6-294), requiring motor vehicles to yield to cyclists. Unfortunately, drivers often ignore these laws and assume that bicycles must yield to them, leading to collisions. When this happens, drivers may be held financially responsible and possibly face criminal prosecution for any injuries they cause to cyclists.
Bicycle Accident Injuries Can Be Serious Or Catastrophic
When a motor vehicle collides with a bicycle, the cyclist almost always gets the worst of the resulting injuries. Bicycles are much smaller and lighter than traditional passenger vehicles and leave cyclists far more exposed, resulting in severe and oftentimes life-changing injuries in the event of a crash. This is especially true if a cyclist is not wearing a helmet or other protective gear or if they are struck multiple times by other oncoming vehicles.
Common injuries suffered by cyclists in bicycle accidents include:
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Road rash
- Cuts and lacerations
Too often, bicyclists are killed in crashes with motor vehicles. In such cases, the firm’s attorneys are honored to represent surviving family members in a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver and their insurance company.
Recovering Compensation After A Bicycle Accident
When a vehicle strikes someone riding a bicycle, it can cause severe and even catastrophic injuries. These types of accidents can lead to exorbitant medical bills and other financial problems. Between emergency room care and diagnostic testing to surgery and recovery, you could find yourself facing tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
When filing a personal injury lawsuit, there are several different types of compensation that you may be eligible for, including:
- General damages
- Punitive damages
- Economic damages
Additionally, injuries sustained in bicycle accidents often cause you to miss work for extended periods of time. Filing a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a fierce legal advocate may help you recover compensation for lost wages.
Free Consultations Available – Reach Out Today
You can trust the bicycle accident lawyers at Athens Injury Law to provide you with the strong representation you deserve. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call us at 706-940-7889 or reach out online. We serve clients throughout Georgia.