What Do I Do If My Child Is Hurt In A Bicycle Accident in Atlanta?
Atlanta’s sprawling wooded neighborhoods make it a great place to raise a family. Unfortunately, many of Atlanta’s city streets aren’t built to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Adult bicyclists often report that they feel unsafe riding their bicycles around town. Just imagine how vulnerable child bicyclists are.
Every parents’ worst nightmare is that their child will be seriously injured in an accident. If your child was injured while riding a bicycle, we urge you to contact an Atlanta bicycle accidents lawyer that also specializes in child injuries. The lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC have successfully represented child accident victims and their families for over three decades. Let us help ease your pain and recover the compensation you deserve.
Common Injuries in Child Bicycle Accidents
Even though most parents insist that their children wear helmets while riding bicycles, many children find helmets uncomfortable and take them off once they’re out of their parents’ sight.
As a result, children often suffer severe injuries from bicycle accidents.
Some of the injuries children experience include:
- Head trauma. If the child’s head collides with a car or the pavement, the child will likely suffer a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries cause a whole host of negative side effects including cognitive problems, memory deficits, emotional disturbances, behavioral changes, and paralysis.
- Broken bones. Many children fracture bones as the result of blunt force trauma in bicycle accidents.
- Lacerations. Glass and pavement can both cut child bicyclists and cause severe blood loss.
Child Comparative Negligence in Georgia
Any child under the age of 4 is presumed to be incapable of negligence. In other words, if a car driver injures a child bicyclist aged 4 or younger, the driver cannot claim that the child was partially, or wholly at fault.
Children aged 5 through 13 may are capable of negligence. However, pursuant to the Tender Years doctrine, the child’s capacity for negligence is measured on a subjective, individual basis.
How Do I File A Claim If My Child Is Injured In A Bike Accident?
If your child is injured while riding a bicycle, you would file the insurance claim on your child’s behalf if they are a minor. Similarly, if you ultimately had to file a lawsuit, the lawsuit would be filed in your name on behalf of your child.
You can recover compensation for your child’s medical expenses, future medical care, and pain and suffering. However, if your child’s recovery exceeds $15,000.00, the probate court will need to approve it in order to ensure that your child’s settlement funds are safeguarded.
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help
It is devastating to watch your child suffer after a bicycle accident. Even if it looks like your child will completely recover, you might feel overwhelmed as soon as your start receiving medical bills.
At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC our goal is to help ease your suffering during this traumatic time period. Let us handle the calls from the bill collectors and insurance adjusters. We will be your voice so that you can devote all of your attention to your child’s recovery process.