Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Georgia
Were You or a Loved One Injured While Riding a Bike?
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 is when “Motor Vehicle” is posted or specified, rather than “Vehicle." Bicycle riders are especially vulnerable to injury; aside from helmets, bicyclists have little to protect them from an impact or crash.
The Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker is the firm to contact in Georgia if you have been in a bicycle accident. Our bicycle accident lawyers serve clients throughout the state, including Georgia, Greensboro, Alpharetta, and Ellijay.
What You Should Know about Bicycle Accidents
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 driver’s statement and should include the cyclist's statement also. There are times when 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's fault without even talking to them.
If you are in an accident, make sure that you talk to the officer. Also, make sure to get the driver’s 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.
Accidents Not Caused by Collisions
Not all bicycle accidents involve a motor vehicle striking the bike. Some other possible causes include:
- Driver negligence
- Hazardous road conditions
- Defective products
- Mistakes made during an assembly at a bike shop
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.
If a bicyclist’s injuries are a result of a defect in the bicycle, such as faulty brake pedals, the bicyclist can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or seller of the bicycle.
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. Our team 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 in the store, and there may be a claim against the store who negligently assembled the bike, if negligence can be proven as contributing or causing the bicycle incident where you were injured.
We Can Investigate the Cause of Your Accident
Sometimes the cause of or contributing factors in a bicycle accident are vague. Our experienced bicycle accident attorneys in Georgia have training in investigation and discovery. Based on the facts surrounding the accident, our team can build a strong case against the person or persons responsible for causing or contributing to the accident. Financial compensation for these accidents may include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call (470) 450-1164 for a free consultation at the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker.