Many Americans enjoy bicycling for exercise, leisure, or as an alternative means of transportation. Bicycling is environmentally friendly and inexpensive, so bicyclists cut down on carbon emissions when they opt to bike to and from work instead of drive. While bicycling is a cheap, healthy, and ecologically friendly choice, it’s important for all bicyclists to know the risks of riding in traffic and what to do in the event of a bicycle accident.
Bicyclists in the Roswell, GA, area can turn to Kaufman Law, P.C. for their legal needs after a bicycle accident. Our trial-tested team of lawyers know how to handle these cases and has a 40-year record of success in the area over countless civil actions. If you or a loved one recently suffered injuries because of a bicycle accident, consider the following information before giving us a call to start the legal process.
Dangers for Bicyclists
The state of Georgia classifies bicycles as vehicles, and bicyclists must follow the rules of the road just like any other vehicle. While a bicyclist may legally travel in the lanes of Georgia roads, they must use bicycle lanes wherever possible. Other motor vehicle drivers must yield the right of way to bicyclists in bicycle lanes, and allow bicyclists to take a lane when appropriate.
Bicycles do not have the safety features or navigation functions of motor vehicles, so bicyclists must be careful to alert other drivers of their movements and intentions, such as using hand signals to indicate lane changes and turns. It’s also important for bicyclists to remember Georgia law does not allow bicyclists to travel on sidewalks. While this may be permissible elsewhere, this is not the case in Georgia; bicyclists should use the bicycle lane wherever possible or stay in the normal road lanes while riding.
It is also imperative for bicyclists to ride in the direction of traffic. Riding opposite the flow of traffic may seem to be the safer option, because the oncoming drivers can more easily spot the rider. However, the danger arises at intersections when crossing drivers aren’t expecting a bicycle to pass from the opposite direction as the rest of the cross traffic. Riders need to exercise extreme caution while riding at night by using appropriate reflective clothing and bicycle reflectors to be more visible to other drivers.
Suing for a Bike Accident
If you have been in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, the attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. can help you secure compensation for your damages. Bicycle accidents cause severe injuries including broken bones, crushing injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal injuries. With a 40-year record of success in all types of personal injury cases, we know what it takes to win your case.
Most bicycle accident plaintiffs can secure compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and property damage, but it’s important to act quickly after an accident. Contact our team today to schedule a free consultation about your bicycle accident in the Roswell, GA, area. We will review the details of your situation and let you know what to expect from a lawsuit.