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Atlanta, Georgia Bike Accident Lawyer

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 618 bicycle riders were killed in auto accidents in 2010. Eighteen of the bicycle riders who were killed lived in the state of Georgia.  Bicycle accidents often end in death or very serious injury for the rider of the bike because the bike provides no protection from the impact of the vehicle.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, you have legal rights. An experienced Atlanta, Georgia Bike Accident Attorney at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., can evaluate your case and help you to determine if someone was responsible for causing your bicycle accident. If another driver was to blame, you can obtain compensation for medical costs, lost income/wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other economic and non-economic damages.

The Dangers of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles are a popular method of transportation in Atlanta, with many riders opting to cycle to escape traffic or to enjoy the nice weather in the fall, spring and summer. Unfortunately, because Atlanta is an urban area, there is a greater chance of bicycle accidents occurring. In fact, NHTSA indicates that 72 percent of fatal bike accidents in 2010 happened in urban centers as opposed to just 28 percent of crashes in rural areas.

Bicycle accidents can happen anywhere in Atlanta, but are most likely to occur outside of intersections. NHTSA reports that only 33 percent of bike accidents happened at an intersection and 67 percent occurred elsewhere. These crashes may have many potential causes including:
  • Drivers coming too close to bicycle riders and failing to respect their space on the road.
  • Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to a bicycle rider as required by law.
  • Drivers underestimating the speed of a bicycle rider.
  • Drivers speeding and losing control of their vehicles.
  • Drivers unable to stop in time to avoid hitting a bicyclist due to bad weather conditions, faulty brakes or excessive speed.
  • Drivers who are drowsy, drunk or distracted and who hit a bicycle rider.
  • Bicycle riders who fail to yield or who cross when they shouldn’t.
While bike riders can sometimes cause crashes, in many cases bicycle accidents happen because drivers don’t understand how to safely share the road with a bike rider or because drivers don’t wish to give bicycle riders the respect that they deserve on the roads.

Bicycle Accidents Put Everyone at Risk
When a bicycle accident occurs, the bicycle rider may suffer many different types of injuries due to the impact of the crash. Injuries are often made worse because it is common for the bicycle rider to be thrown from his or her bicycle. Some of the common injuries that a bicycle rider may suffer after an accident include:
  • Injuries to the head, back or neck;
  • Injuries to the brain including traumatic brain injury and/or permanent brain damage;
  • Cuts and bruises;
  • Road burn;
  • Soft tissue injury;
  • Broken bones; and,
  • Spinal injuries including paralysis
Injured victims should be fully compensated for past and future costs arising from the crash. If the bicycle accident results in death, then surviving family members can be compensated for wrongful death damages. These include funeral costs, medical expenses incurred before death, lost financial contributions from the deceased, and loss of companionship.

Compensation can be obtained from the driver who caused the bicycle accident by filing a personal injury lawsuit and by going to court. A case can also settle outside of court and an Atlanta, Georgia Bike Accident Attorney can help to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer.

Getting Legal Help from an Atlanta, Georgia Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident, you should not be left to bear the costs alone. The driver responsible for causing your crash is required by Georgia law to “make you whole.” Unfortunately insurance companies representing drivers often try to lowball, cut corners and even deny legitimate claims to avoid paying compensation to bike accident victims.

Being represented by an experienced Atlanta, Georgia Bicycle Accident Lawyer is essential to get a fair outcome from the insurance company. At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., our Atlanta, Georgia Bike Accident Attorneys will advocate for you, gather evidence to build a case, represent you in court, negotiate with the insurer and otherwise fight for your right to compensation after your wreck.

To learn more about how we can help you after your bicycle accident, contact us online or give us a call at (404) 991-5950.  

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