Bicycle riding is a popular form of transportation, especially in Georgia. Although this form of transportation is very convenient, it can be extremely dangerous – especially when the other drivers on the road are negligent. The injuries sustained in a cycling accident are often catastrophic. These life-changing injuries could leave the victim and their families with exorbitant medical bills and the need for lifelong medical care.
Bicycle accidents regularly occur because drivers are not vigilant in maintaining a lookout for cyclists. Unfortunately, this often happens despite the many safety precautions taken by bicyclists themselves.
In an accident between a bicycle and an automobile, the bicyclist generally sustains the more severe injuries.
When it comes to determining fault in road accidents, the issue of whether you are driving a car, riding a bike, or a simply walking is almost never determinative of fault. Instead, insurance companies and courts determine fault and assign liability by applying the law of negligence. A driver, cyclist, or pedestrian is negligent when he or she:
- Owes a duty of care to someone else
- Breaches this duty of care
- The breach of duty causes injury and property damage to another person
The duty of care is different in every situation and is owed to anyone who could be injured or incur a financial loss as the result of your actions. Both cyclists and pedestrians are under a duty to exercise the same amount of caution as a reasonable person would under the circumstances. Thus, if the visibility is bad or the road is slippery, cyclists and pedestrians alike will have a duty to be extra careful.
Cyclists have very little to protect them if struck by a large vehicle. Because of this, the injuries sustained in bicycle crashes can be life-altering, leaving you with lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and the inability to fully support yourself and your family for the remainder of your life.
If your bicycle crash was a result of negligence or code violation by a city or municipality, you may be eligible for compensation. If you were hurt on private property, then the liable party would be the property owner or business owner.
These defects can include:
- Malfunctioning traffic lights
- Foliage obstructing traffic signs
- An uncovered drain or meter
If you or a loved one have been involved in a bicycle crash/collision because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.