Bicyclists are subject to the same rules of the road as motorists. Georgia treats bicycles as “vehicles.” Therefore, the general traffic laws that govern motor vehicles also apply to bicyclists. The only exception to these laws are when it is posted “Motor Vehicle” rather than “Vehicle.” This language indicates that section of the Georgia law does not apply to bicycles. Bicycle riders are especially vulnerable to injury; besides helmets, bicyclists have little to protect them from an impact or crash.
Falanga and Chalker are the attorneys to contact in Georgia if you have been in a bicycle accident.
Not all bicycle accidents involve a motor vehicle striking the bike. Most accidents do stem from the actions of a reckless or negligent motorist, hazardous road conditions and defective products can also contribute to or cause serious injury to bicyclists.
When a cyclist is involved in a collision and an accident report is taken, make sure that it is accurate. The accident report will include the drivers statement and should include the cyclist statement also. There are times that the driver will be ticketed if the officer sees that it is their fault. This will be helpful later in your case with the insurance company. This does not always happen, there are times that the officer will determine it is the cyclist fault without even talking to them. Make sure if you are in an accident that you talk to the officer, that your able to give them your statement. Also make sure to get the drivers contact information and name along with any witnesses. If you are unable to do so make sure that someone can get this information for you. This information will be helpful for your attorney at Falanga and Chalker.
Even if a bicyclist does not collide with a motor vehicle, but is injured while trying to avoid a collision, there can still be a case against the driver of the vehicle. The staff at Falanga and Chalker are here to investigate your case.
If a bicyclist’s injuries are a result of a defect in the bicycle, such as faulty brake pedals, the bicyclist can file a products liability claim against the manufacturer or seller of the bicycle under the doctrine of product liability.
Bicycle accidents can also occur when the roadways are not maintained properly for the motoring public. Potholes or defectively installed or designed grates in a roadway can cause a bicycle rider to lose control of the bicycle with resulting injuries. Falanga and Chalker can determine if it was a state, county or city road and apply government liability requirements under Georgia personal injury law.
Some stores assemble the bicycle at the store and there may be a claim against the store who negligently assembled the bike, which negligence can be traced to contributing or causing the bicycle incident where you were injured.
Sometimes the cause of or contributing factors in a bicycle accident are vague. The experienced attorneys at Falanga and Chalker are trained to thoroughly investigate the accident. Based on the facts surrounding the accident, the attorneys at Falanga and Chalker can build a strong case against the person or persons responsible for causing or contributing to the accident. Falanga and Chalker will present a sound argument to the prosecutor or insurance company to get financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering as a result from the bicycle accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To recover damages, you’ll need aggressive legal representation which is why you want to contact the attorneys at Falanga and Chalker.