Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Bicycling is a popular way for people to get around in Georgia and enjoy the outdoors. When accidents happen, however, bicycle riders can suffer serious injuries. Although bicycle enthusiasts are required to obey traffic laws, motor vehicle drivers must also share the road and exercise reasonable care not to injure others.
At Randall F. Rogers, P.C. we believe that negligent drivers must be held accountable for injuries that they cause. We have a proven track record of obtaining meaningful compensation for injured bicyclists in Atlanta, Marietta, and throughout the state of Georgia.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Because they have little protection in a collision other than a safety helmet, bicyclists can sustain all types of injuries injuries, including:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lacerations and severe bruising
- Neck and spine injuries
- Nerve damage
- Jaw and facial injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Although there are a number of factors involved in bicycle accidents, many are the the result of driver errors, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Running a stop sign or traffic light
- Failure to yield
- Backing up
- Pulling out into traffic
- Opening a car door
Determining Negligence in a Bicycle Accident
Bicyclists are required to follow the same traffic laws as motorists and exercise reasonable care not to cause injuries. This includes stopping at all stop signs and traffic lights and not riding bikes on sidewalks. Bicyclists must also ride in the same direction of traffic, close to the curb. Additionally, bicycle riders must abide by safety rules including wearing a helmet and using proper turn signals. Finally, all bicycles must be equipped with reflectors, working brakes and working lights at night.
Due to the rules of contributory negligence, a bicyclist can be found partially at fault for not exercising reasonable care, which can reduce the value of a personal injury claim. Nonetheless, all motor vehicle drivers must exercise caution, be aware of their surroundings, and avoid hitting bicycle riders. Although each case is unique, an injured bicyclist must be able to show that the driver breached his or her duty not to cause injuries to others on the roadway.
At the same time, many bicycle accidents are the result of hazardous road conditions, particularly roads, curbs, and sidewalks that are not properly maintained. In these situations, it may be possible to pursue an injury claim against the town, county or state that was responsible for maintaining the roadways.
Georgia Bicycle Accident Attorney
For over 25 years, Randall F. Rogers, P.C. has been fighting for the rights of bicycle accident victims. We have extensive experience pursuing bicycle accident claims and helping our clients obtain the compensation they deserve. We have the skills and resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation. In cases involving severe or catastrophic injuries, we may call upon our respected network of accident reconstruction specialists to establish the driver’s liability.
Over our many years of practice, we have seen how insurance companies seek to settle claims for as little money as possible. Insurers have teams of powerful attorneys and experienced claims adjusters at their disposal, which gives them an unfair advantage over accident victims. We leverage our knowledge of personal injury law and our superior negotiating skills to level the playing field. If an insurer fails to offer a fair and reasonable settlement, we may recommend litigating the matter in court.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you may be able to recover damages for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In cases where the driver violated traffic laws or was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it may also be possible to recover punitive damages. If the accident was caused by a poorly maintained road, we can pursue a lawsuit against a municipality or government agency such as a public works department. Finally, if a mechanical defect contributed to the accident, a product liability lawsuit can be brought against the manufacturer, retailer, or distributor.
At Randall F. Rogers, P.C. we believe that no one should suffer because of the negligence of others and we are committed to keeping the roadways safe for bicyclists. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, fill out a contact form or call our office today for a free consultation.