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Bicycle Accidents

Like any accident on the road, a bicycle accident carries the risk of personal injury and property damage. However, because of the lack of protection that cyclists have compared to cars and trucks, they make up 2% of traffic fatalities even though they account for only 1% of all travelers.

In the past few years, the cyclist fatality rate has hovered around 17 deaths per year in Georgia. The projected statistics for 2016 show an optimistic drop in deaths, but roads, especially urban ones, are still very dangerous for cyclists whether there are other vehicles around or not.

Causes Of Bicycle Accidents

The most common cause for bicycle accidents is, unsurprisingly, collisions with other vehicles. Following in order of prevalence are falls, unfit road conditions and rider error. When a bike has collided with another vehicle like a car or a truck, it is most often due to driver negligence – on either the cyclist or the motor vehicle driver’s part.

Negligence can come in many forms:

  • Failure to understand right of way
  • Ignoring traffic signals
  • Failure to check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes
  • Turning across bike lanes
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Distracted driving

Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

Cyclists do not have bumpers, doors and airbags to protect them from impact. When a bicycle collides with another vehicle, or even when the accident involves just them, they can be thrown from their bike with their only protection being a helmet.

In situations such as this, some common injuries include:

  • Contusions
  • Lacerations
  • Road rash
  • Broken arms, legs and ribs
  • Skull fractures
  • Concussions
  • Broken or lost teeth
  • Brain injury

Determining Fault In Bike Accident Cases

In Georgia, bicycles are considered vehicles. They might be slower and smaller, but they move on wheels and thus are required to follow the same traffic laws that another vehicle would.

Simply put, the driver who violated the traffic law or right of way is the one at fault. For example, if a cyclist runs through a red light and gets hit by a vehicle that is passing through the intersection legally, the cyclist is at fault, but if a driver of a motor vehicle fails to account for a bike lane, check their mirrors or give a cyclist enough space when passing (three feet of space), they are at fault.

It should be noted though, that if a cyclist is riding within a bike lane, all other motor vehicles must yield to them.

Contact Your Atlanta Bicycle Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident and is seeking compensation for personal injury or property damage, do not hesitate to contact the expert Atlanta bicycle accident attorneys at Powell & Associates.

Contact us online or by phone at 404-240-4104 for your free case consultation.