More Bikes Means More Frequent Bike Injuries
In recent years, bicycling has exploded in popularity. It attracts many people who wish to exercise more. It attracts those who see it as a “greener” option for transit and commuting. And it provides a mode of transport that can cost far less than an automobile. Cities like Atlanta have added some infrastructure, like bike lanes, bike sharing and other elements that can make it possible for traveling much of the year by bike.
Bicycle Accidents Often Leave Riders With Severe Injuries
For all its attractions, there is one issue that is inarguable. In a collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, there is little question of who will receive the worst injuries. The bike rider may walk away from a bicycle accident with little more than road rash and some bruises, but too often, they face serious injuries, including broken bones, damaged internal organs, spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries.
We Can Help
At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, we know how to help after motor vehicle accidents, including this type of accident. Our lawyer works aggressively to obtain the compensation you need to deal with your injuries and recover after a bicycle crash.
A bike accident can leave you with scarring, fractures, bone dislocations, lung injuries, concussions and severe brain trauma. You want to be certain to have a full medical exam to discover all of your injuries that may result from the crash. Our attorney understands how complex these cases can be, and we work with you and your doctor to ensure that you receive the compensation you need and that addresses all of your injuries.
If you have more questions about the aftermath of your bicycle accident, we can help you find the answers you need for a smooth recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions After A Bicycle Accident
Bicycles are a popular form of transportation throughout Georgia. Unfortunately, sharing the roads with larger motor vehicles can be a serious risk for bicyclists. If you are involved in a bicycle accident, you may have a long list of questions. The legal team at the Glenda Mitchell Law Firm is here to help you through it. We offer free consultations in order to sit down and discuss your concerns.
What should I do after a bicycle accident?
A bicycle accident is not very different from a motor vehicle accident. Bicycles are legally vehicles, of course. After an accident, you should immediately:
- Contact the police to ensure there is an official report of the accident
- Seek medical attention, even if you think you are not injured
- Exchange insurance information with the driver
- Document the damages and injuries, if possible, with photos
Contacting a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can also help ease the stress of your recovery process after a serious bicycle accident.
What do I have to prove to recover compensation?
To obtain compensation, you must prove:
- You followed all traffic laws
- You are less than 50% responsible for the accident
- The motorist had a duty to the cyclist to drive safely
- The motorist’s negligence caused the accident
- The negligence resulted in serious personal injury
This can be difficult to accomplish without the skilled insight of an experienced injury attorney.
How do I know if my insurance company will cover the cost of my injuries?
Most auto insurance packages include coverage for bicycle accidents. However, this insurance usually only applies if the accident involved a motor vehicle. If the driver of the motor vehicle has auto insurance, then bicyclists usually can recover compensation for:
- Physical damages
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
A bicyclist might run into trouble if their accident did not involve a car. Then it is beneficial to get a skilled attorney on your side to protect your rights and secure your compensation.
What if my bicycle accident did not involve a motor vehicle? Can I still sue for compensation?
Collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles are generally the most common kind of bicycle accident. However, these accidents could also involve pedestrians or other bicyclists. They could even involve hazardous conditions such as potholes. It is up to the city to maintain sidewalks, roads and bike trails. So, if your bike accident was the result of poor municipal maintenance, then the city could be at fault for your injuries.
Contact Us Today
Call us as soon as you can after a hit-and-run bicycle crash or any bicycle accident. For a free initial consultation with our attorney in Georgia, call our Cartersville office at 678-721-0417. In Alabama, call our Auburn office at 334-604-7927. In South Carolina, call our Greenville office at 864-326-3073, or use our convenient online form to make the appointment.