Bicycles have many distinct advantages over cars. They’re cheaper, more maneuverable, easier to park, greener, and healthier. It’s no wonder that many Atlanta citizens choose to bike around the city. However, bicyclists are at a major disadvantage if they’re ever involved in a wreck. Suffering from injuries caused by someone else is difficult enough, but the Atlanta bicycle accident lawyers from Bey & Associates are here for you.
When we represent our clients, we know that they’re worried about their futures. We’re here to stand up for them and let them know that there are people willing to fight for their rights.
Before getting into the dangers of bicycle accidents and how we can help, you may be curious as to how many bicyclists are in Atlanta and what the city is implementing to reduce the chances of crashes happening.
Are Bicyclists Safe in Georgia?
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Safety Action Plan from 2018 gives information on what bicycle safety looks like in the state and what they can do to improve safety.
In a survey done asking Georgia citizens about bicycles, it was found that about 13 percent of adults in Georgia will ride a bike once per month. 81 percent of people agreed they would ride their bikes if their communities had paths and bike lanes. They were also asked if they believed that bicyclist rights should be an important part of driver education and 66 percent agreed.
While this information can be used to move forward with making areas more bicycle friendly, they also had to look at crash data.
Between 2005-2015, there were 5,834 bicycle accidents that involved vehicles in Georgia. 4482 injuries occurred and 63 of them were fatal. About 48 percent of the crashes occurred in Georgia’s five biggest cities. Also within that time frame, about 77 percent of crashes caused injuries. The mean age for those accidents was 31 years old and 72 percent were male.
One of the biggest takeaways from this report is that the bicyclist was assigned fault 51 percent of the time. If a bicyclist is in an accident in Atlanta, they need a bicycle accident attorney who will represent them so they can get a fair settlement.
Where Do Bicycle Accidents Happen?
Your Atlanta bicycle accident attorneys know that negligence can happen anywhere. However, there are a few areas where bicyclists and drivers need to be aware that they are sharing the road. This way, they can keep in mind that they may encounter each other and be prepared, which could reduce the chance of an accident.
City streets are a main area to watch out for. Many people choose to ride their bikes around the city for easier navigation. Drivers need to know that bicyclists have every right to be on the road with them and they need to be given space. If a car is passing a bicyclist, they need to give them an adequate amount of space to safely pass, which is usually three feet.
Intersections are also dangerous for bicyclists. Drivers making left-hand turns may not see a bicyclist coming toward them. Often, drivers may not expect to see bicyclists. Therefore, they’re not keeping a watchful eye out for them. They’re a much smaller object than another car, so drivers can easily miss them and possibly cause a bicycle wreck.
Our personal injury attorneys are well-versed in the common ways bicyclists are injured. We know how to investigate the case, starting with the location of where the accident happened. We’ll take your story and any reports into account to piece together how it occurred and how you were hurt.
What Happens When a Driver Collides with a Bicyclist?
The severity of injuries can depend on the driver’s speed and the size of their vehicle. But this doesn’t mean that small vehicles traveling at slow speeds always leave a bicyclist unharmed. Since the bicyclist has considerably less protection, as the most they may be able to do is to wear a helmet and thick, long-sleeved clothing, any accident can prove fatal.
A collision will likely knock the bicyclist off balance and they’ll fall to the ground. High-speed accidents may throw them from their bikes. There are two major impacts that harm bicyclists. The initial impact from the car hitting them and the impact of when they hit the ground.
The results of the impacts can be devastating. Bicyclists can sustain serious trauma to their brain, neck, and spine. There’s a high chance that bones will break, or sprains will occur if they try to catch themselves to prevent them from falling. Severe scrapes or bruises can also occur.
When these injuries happen, the bicyclist will likely need immediate medical attention. Then, they start the long road to recovery. Your bicycle accident lawyer will look into your medical records and calculate your damages for the wreck. We’ll use this to fight for your fair settlement.
If You’ve Sustained Injuries, Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
After a collision, you may think that the situation is straightforward. The driver was negligent, hit you in a wreck, and caused your injuries. Since they were responsible, you’d think that their insurance should pay for your injuries. At the scene of the wreck, the driver may seem cordial and like they’ll work with you. However, you may find that when it comes to file a claim, their story has changed.
There may be instances where the driver is trying to assign some of the fault to you. They could claim that you disobeyed traffic laws or were doing something illegal that contributed to the accident and your injuries. Accusations such as this can possibly result in you getting less compensation than you deserve. That’s why it’s so important to have a bicycle accident lawyer in Atlanta on your side.
Bey & Associates have experience in bicycle accidents. We’ll look into your case and find out the truth of what happened. If you weren’t at fault, we’ll do everything we can to prove it. The negligent driver needs to be held accountable for their actions and you deserve a settlement that will let you recover in peace.
Getting started on your claim as quickly as possible has many benefits. Waiting too long could possibly surpass the statute of limitations. In general, Georgia citizens have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim. If you wait too long and miss that window, your case may not be reviewed, and you won’t be able to seek compensation. When you have a personal injury lawyer at your side soon after the accident, you can rest assured that we’ll have the important deadlines covered. We may also be able to find physical evidence from the scene of the accident that supports your claim.
You can get in touch with us today for a free consultation of your case. In this meeting, we’ll go over what happened to you and what options you have for the future.