Atlanta Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accident injuries can be life changing. You are likely saddled with expensive medical bills, and it might take months, years, or a lifetime to fully recover. To make matters worse, you have to fight with the at-fault party’s insurance company to try to get a fair settlement to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. When we partner with you, we will alleviate some of your stress by advocating on your behalf to help you get the money you deserve. We can begin by filing a claim against the party responsible for the accident, so you can recover economic and non-economic damages. With our help, you can focus on healing from your injuries while we concentrate on getting you a fair settlement or judgment.
Common injuries from bicycle accidents
Bicycle accidents can lead to various injuries. These injuries range in severity and can cause long-lasting issues for victims, and in some cases, they can be fatal. Common injuries from bicycle accidents include:
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Bicycle Accident Claim Basics
When a bicycle accident occurs, the at-fault party’s insurance company immediately investigates the crash to determine fault. Bicycles are treated as vehicles in Atlanta, so the insurance company must establish if the bicyclist violated traffic laws. Georgia is a contributory negligence state, so even if you are partially at fault, you can still recover damages. Still, the insurance company might try to avoid paying you any money or might choose to offer a settlement that is much lower than what you deserve. That’s why it’s wise to consult an experienced bicycle accident attorney before agreeing to a settlement with the insurance company.
When you consult with a bicycle accident attorney, you will go over the case and formulate a plan for the next step. Your attorney might recommend negotiating a settlement or moving forward with a lawsuit. In both situations, your attorney will ensure that your rights are protected while attempting to get the settlement that you need and deserve.
Bicycling is becoming increasingly common in Atlanta, with 1.1 percent of employees commuting to work by bicycle. These employees and other cyclists fight for space on 45.2 miles of bike lanes, although the city has proposed 226 miles. The congested roadways, lack of bicycle lanes, and increased biking activity has created the perfect storm regarding accidents. Most biking accidents occur when automobile drivers fail to pay attention and follow the lookout procedures, causing them to collide with bicycles. Bicycles are at great risk, even when they follow all safety procedures.
Other causes of bicycle accidents include problems with the road, failing to follow traffic laws, and opening a door in oncoming traffic. Victims can file a personal injury claim to recover damages after an accident.
Do I have a case?
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident and another person was at fault, you might have a case against the responsible party. You must file a lawsuit before the state’s statute of limitations runs out, or you won’t be eligible for compensation. You also must satisfy other conditions of filing a personal injury claim in Georgia. To find out if you have a case, consult with an experienced bicycle accident attorney. The attorney will evaluate the evidence to determine if you have a valid claim against the at-fault party.
How much is my case worth?
Each Atlanta bicycle accident claim is unique, so it is impossible to determine how much a claim is worth before evaluating the evidence. Factors that determine damages include the amount of verifiable economic losses you sustained, the circumstances around the accident, and the type and degree of injury you suffered. After evaluating your claim, your attorney can provide information regarding how much compensation you are eligible to receive.
Our firm understands the complexity of Georgia’s personal injury law and can help you receive the damages that you deserve. This might include compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
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