Bicycling is an inexpensive and healthy method of transportation. Georgia winters are generally mild, and Marietta has some beautiful areas for bicycle riders. Whether you are cycling for your health, for transportation, or just to enjoy the scenery, it’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of the state. Unfortunately, the number of cars with which bicycles must share the road increases.
Unless cyclists and motorists exercise perfect care at all times, accidents are bound to result. When a driver’s moment of carelessness leaves you with painful injuries, the attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
A Dangerous Intersection
Marietta Square is a beautiful, scenic, and historic area of Cobb County. The roads around the square offer a great location for bicycle riding. Unfortunately, it also has many intersections where careless drivers can hit unsuspecting cyclists.
Bicyclists are vulnerable in a few very specific situations. Often, a car may make a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming bicycle without seeing the cyclist until it is too late to avoid the accident. A driver may also drive through an intersection without watching for the bicycle already crossing the intersection. Speeding is a frequent cause of accidents with bicycles. When a car is driving over the legal speed limit or driving too fast for the conditions, there is often not enough time to see a bicycle and avoid it.
Regardless of the cause of your accident, if the driver was negligent in operating his or her vehicle safely, the law entitles you to compensation for your injuries from the negligent driver.
Negligence Matters in Georgia
Georgia is an at-fault state, which means that to receive compensation for your injuries, you must prove the other party was at fault in the accident. Georgia also is a comparative negligence state, which means you may receive compensation even if you contributed to the accident.
For example, if the courts determine the driver was 90% responsible for your accident, but you were 10% to blame, the judge may reduce compensation by your 10% contribution to the incident. If the judge finds you were 50% or more responsible for the accident, you may not collect compensation, even if you have suffered terrible injuries. For bicycling accidents, fault generally falls to the driver, but there are situations in which a bicyclist may be partly at fault. For instance, if a bicyclist unexpectedly changed lanes without signaling, a court may find the cyclist partly responsible if there was an accident.
If you’ve been in a bicycling accident in Marietta or any Cobb County city, call Kaufman Law, P.C. for a free consultation. While no law firm can guarantee results, the attorneys of Kaufman Law, P.C. can promise that you will not find a more dedicated, experienced team to fight for your claim.
A Track Record of Results
Kaufman Law, P.C. has worked for more than 40 years in the Marietta area to get our clients the compensation they deserve. Victims of bicycle accidents have a right to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys have a proven track record, recovering millions of dollars for our clients, including some of the largest settlements in Georgia history.