Atlanta Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Riding a bike should be a fun, stress-free way to commute or exercise, but unfortunately it is just the opposite of that more often than not. Drivers are not only more distracted than ever, but a large percentage of drivers intentionally come too close to cyclists in order to intimidate those on two wheels. Other drivers turn to honking or yelling at cyclists, which can also lead to bike crashes. Whether you were on a training ride, commuting to work, or riding with your children, you had a right to the road that was unlawfully taken from you by the negligent or reckless driver who hit you or caused you to crash. The same is true for children on bikes—drivers have an obligation to watch out for all other road users, and should be held accountable when they violate this duty of care. Our Atlanta bike collision lawyers at Sawyer Injury Law can help you seek financial justice by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.
How Did the Driver Hit You?
1.9 percent of all Georgia traffic fatalities are those of cyclists, according to the NHTSA, despite cyclists making up well under one percent of road users. Almost all bike crashes are caused by a driver who is distracted, impatient, aggressive, or intoxicated. Or all of the above in some cases. The three most frequent types of bicycle crashes include the following:
- Right Hook—The cyclist is in the bike lane or on the shoulder of the road, going straight. A driver overtakes a cyclist and cuts them off while turning right. Or, a driver already ahead of the cyclists slows and makes the same turn. In the later case, the driver may argue that they were ahead, and therefore had the right of way, which is incorrect. A cyclist in the bike lane or on the shoulder always has the legal right of way when going straight, just as a car in the right lane has the right of way before a turning vehicle that is in the lane to the left.
- Hit From Behind—The majority of cyclist fatalities occur when the cyclist is struck from behind, according to PPM Bike and Walk Alliance. These types of crashes can essentially only happen when the driver is looking away from the road, or if the driver intentionally ran into the cyclist.
- Hit From Side Street—Cyclists with the right of way are routinely cut off by drivers pulling out from side streets who assume they can “beat” the cyclists to the intersection and thereby save themselves a few seconds of waiting.
Contact an Atlanta Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
Cyclists have a right to use the road, despite what many drivers say or think. Moreover, injured cyclists have a right to sue the driver or other party that caused their injuries. However, winning a personal injury claim is always easier said than done. Insurers often deny liability, or offer low cash amounts to entice the plaintiff to quickly agree for less than what they are owed. We urge you to talk to an attorney first, as your compensation will inevitably be much higher if you work with an experienced Atlanta cycling collision attorney than if you were to go alone in negotiations with the other party’s insurance company. Contact Sawyer Injury Law today at 404-777-7890 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced bicycling collision attorney.