There are many great bicycle trails near Atlanta, such as the Silver Comet trail, the Beltline trail, and the Stone Mountain trail. Some bicyclists also commute on Atlanta’s roadways. Unfortunately, many motorists injure bicyclists. If a bicycle accident injured you, you should contact an Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
In 2015, car accidents killed 818 bicyclists. Bicycle accidents also cause the following serious injuries:
If you or someone you love was injured in a bicycle accident, you should contact our Atlanta bicycle accident lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers. We’ll determine how the crash occurred. Then, we’ll recover the money you deserve.
Bicycle Safety Tips
Below are some bicycle safety tips to keep you safe during your ride:
Wear Bright Clothing
You should always wear bright clothing. When you wear bright clothing, you’re much more visible. Also, when you ride at night, you should wear reflective gear and use a flashing headlamp.
Boost Your Skills
Practice balancing maneuvers in parking lots or driveways so that you’re prepared to react in stressful situations.
Ride In A Single File Line
When you ride with other bicyclists, you should travel in a single-file line. Bicyclists that ride parallel to one another are likelier to collide with one another or a passing vehicle.
Use Hand Signals
Many drivers cannot predict your movements. Therefore, you should use hand signals to inform other drivers where you’re headed. Hand signals also signify that you respect the rules of the road.
Avoid Motorists’ Blind Spots
Try to avoid motorists’ blind spots. That way, they’re less likely to collide with you.
Avoid Distracted Biking
Distracted biking is just as dangerous as distracted driving. Don’t eat, drink, text, play with your hair, or engage in any other activity that diverts your attention from the road.
Ensure Your Bike is Safely Maintained
You must safely maintain your bicycle. Before each ride, you should check your tire pressure, adjust your seat, and activate your lights.
Rules Of The Road
Motorists should always drive safely when they’re near bicyclists. In turn, bicyclists shouldn’t weave through traffic or make sudden maneuvers without signaling their intent.
Bicyclists should also ride in the designated bike lanes. However, if there’s a parked car or another road hazard in the designated bike lane, bicyclists may use the road traffic lane. Bicyclists should never ride on the sidewalk.
Bicycle Accident Damages
Bicycle accidents often cause harmful injuries and huge financial harms. If you didn’t cause the collision, An Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer can help you recover the following damages:
- Lost income
- Past, present, and future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damage
Bicycle Accident Insurance Coverage
Georgia requires all motorists to carry liability insurance coverage. Many drivers only purchase the state minimum coverage: $25,000 per individual and $50,000 per accident. That minimum coverage typically doesn’t fully cover a bicyclist’s losses.
Therefore, the injured bicyclist may need to sue the motorist to recover damages from the motorist’s assets. Our Atlanta bicycle accident lawyers can help bicyclists litigate those cases. If you’re unsure whether you should file a lawsuit, we’ll answer all of your questions during our free consultation.
After a bicycle accident, you may wonder whether you need to hire a lawyer. Sometimes, the insurance adjuster offers to resolve your case right after the crash. You might be inclined to accept their offer. Don’t do it.
You shouldn’t settle your case until your doctors fully evaluate and treat your injuries. Many bicycle accident injuries worsen over time. If you settle your case now for a small sum, you can’t come back and ask the insurance adjuster for more money. An Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer will settle your case for top value. Sometimes that takes time, but it’s worth it.
What Do I Do If My Child Is Hurt In A Bicycle Accident?
Every parent worries that their child will be injured in an accident. If your child was injured while riding a bicycle, we urge you to contact an Atlanta child injury lawyer.
You may file a claim on your child’s behalf. You can also recover damages for your child’s medical expenses and pain and suffering. However, if your child’s settlement exceeds $15,000.00, the probate court will need to approve it so that your child’s settlement funds are safeguarded.
Children under the age of 5 aren’t legally capable of acting negligently. However, children aged 5 through 13 must use due care given their mental and physical capacities.
Our Atlanta Bicycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You
- Prove you didn’t cause the bicycle accident
- Ensure you receive great, affordable medical treatment
- Favorably resolve your claim