Legal Representation for Seriously Injured Bikers in Georgia
Bicycling is an eco-friendly mode of transportation that is much more economical than a traditional car as well as a good form of exercise. For these reasons, cycling has become much more popular as a primary form of transportation and not just recreation. This is especially true in warm climate areas that only experience mild winters. The downside to an influx of riders on the roads is an increased risk of injury, usually as the result of the negligence of drivers who are unaccustomed to sharing the road with bicycles, even when the road has a bike lane.
Georgia Bicycle Laws
In Georgia and most other states, bicycles are legally considered a vehicle, albeit not a motor vehicle. Because they are considered vehicles by law, they are governed by the same rules and regulations as motor vehicles. Only when the vehicle code refers exclusively to motor vehicles does it not apply to bicycles. Conversely, there are also regulations that only apply to bicyclists such as, "Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable ..." (40-6-294). Many drivers do not acknowledge a cyclist's right to ride on the road, which often leads to drivers being inattentive and/or failing to yield the right-of-way to a bicycle and is a common cause of crashes, especially "dooring" accidents.
Bike Crash Causes
Bicycle accidents may occur under various circumstances, and these circumstances usually determine who is liable for the crash. Any of the following can cause a crash:
- A wet road can cause a bike to slip and fall over, especially if the tires are worn;
- A poorly maintained or damaged road could cause a cyclist to ride into a pothole and be ejected from the bike;
- An inattentive driver may hit a bicyclist while they are making a turn; or
- A parked driver may open their door in front of a bicyclist using a bike path.
Common Biking Injuries
Bicycles do not protect their rider as cars protect their drivers in the event of a crash, which is why wearing a proper-fitting helmet is especially important. Due to this fact, many accidents tend to cause catastrophic injuries or even death to the bicyclist. Based on the severity of the crash, cyclists may sustain a variety of injuries, including:
- Fractured bones;
- Dislocated bones;
- Head injuries;
- Brain injuries; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
The severity of the injury often depends on the speed of the motor vehicle, the speed of the bicycle and helmet-use. Because motor-vehicles can travel faster and are so much larger and heavier, cyclists are at great risk of sustaining fatal injuries.
Georgia Crash Statistics
How to Get the Compensation you Deserve
To stay safe while riding your bicycle on the road, make sure you are following all the applicable traffic laws and that you have taken all appropriate safety measures, including wearing a helmet and installing reflectors and or lights. At The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our skilled attorneys understand how difficult suffering an injury can be, especially when someone else is at-fault. Contact one of our personal injury lawyers today at (404) 995-3955 to learn more about getting the compensation you deserve.