In recent years, bicycling has become more popular with residents of the Atlanta region who see it as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally friendly alternative to traveling by car. Bicyclists have the same legal rights and responsibilities as any motorist. Unfortunately, many motorists do not see it that way, an attitude that frequently leads to catastrophic bicycle accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 70 percent of all bicycle accident happen in urban areas like Atlanta. It is not hard to understand why that is the case. Bicycles may be legally classified as a vehicle, but our roads were built for much larger and faster cars and trucks.
If you are a bicyclist who has been injured due to a negligent motorist, you have every right to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of an Atlanta bicycle accident attorney. At the offices of Calvin A. Edwards, Jr., Attorney, our team has experience representing bicycle accident victims just like you. We will work with you to identify the responsible parties and make sure they understand it is not okay to engage in reckless driving around bicyclists.
Bicycle Accidents Can Lead to Catastrophic Injuries
The appeal of bicycling is traveling the open road free of the constraints of a car or truck. But this also puts bicyclists at a significant disadvantage in the event of an accident. Without anything between them and the road–except for maybe a helmet and some pads–bicyclists face the risk of death or any or all of the following:
- broken bones, particularly compound fractures where the bone breaks through the skin, necessitating surgery;
- spinal cord injuries, which can result in temporary or permanent paralysis;
- traumatic brain injury, i.e. a severe concussion;
- scarring and disfigurement of the face; and
- physical damage to the facial structure, such as a broken jaw or eye socket.
In many of the bicycle accident cases we handle, there are not only past and current medical expenses to consider, but also unknown future costs. Many bicycle accident injuries require years of follow-up care and physical rehabilitation. And some injuries never fully heal. This is why we will work to ensure you that any compensation you receive covers all of the anticipated costs of your long-term care.
What to Do (and What Not to Do) If You Are in a Bicycle Accident
Bicyclists are a tough bunch. Even after an accident, your first instinct may be to “shake it off” and not even call the police or inform your insurance company. That would be a mistake. You should treat a bicycle accident no differently than if you got into a rear-end collision while driving your car.
The first thing you should do is call the police and, if necessary, an ambulance. The police will prepare an official accident report, which will contain valuable information that may be necessary later if you need to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver that hit you. You should also take pictures of your bike immediately in the exact state it was in following the accident.
And above all else, do not try to negotiate with the other driver or their insurance company by yourself. After you gather any necessary information, your next call should be to Calvin A. Edwards, Jr., Attorney. As experienced Atlanta bicycle accident attorneys, we provide personal service to victims and their families. Contact us today at 470-539-8528 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us know how we can best help you.