Savannah Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Were You Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
There are some great places to ride a bicycle in Georgia. Yet, riding your bike in heavily populated or other congested metro areas can be quite challenging. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to keep an eye out for cyclists. So when it comes to collisions involving bicycles and automobiles, cyclists are susceptible to serious injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and lacerations--despite wearing the proper protective gear.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, our Savannah personal injury attorney at Brooks Law Office is committed to helping you obtain the most favorable settlement possible. We are familiar with the complex laws which govern bicycling and personal injury in Georgia, and we can protect your rights and best interests against insurance companies who are quick to blame the cyclist for the accident.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly all bicycle accident fatalities involve motor vehicles. Alas, there are several situations that often lead to bicycle accidents more than others.
The following are the most common causes of bicycle accidents:
- Left-hand turn collisions - A driver who is making a left turn may hit oncoming cyclists, often at intersections. According to state law, drivers who are turning left must yield the right of way to all vehicles that are oncoming, including cyclists and bikers. In many cases, left-turning drivers fail to see the cyclists and pull out, resulting in a crash.
- Door collisions - Often happening in areas with plenty of street parking, a driver can suddenly open his/her door, causing an oncoming cyclist to crash into it. Additionally, if a cyclist attempts to avoid the door, he/she could ride into traffic and end up striking another vehicle.
- Merging and switching lanes - Motor vehicles who attempt to switch lanes or the direction of travel may fail to see cyclists with their side or rear-view mirrors, resulting in a collision.
- Unanticipated reversals - A vehicle pulls out of a driveway or side street, causing a cyclist to collide into it. Since drivers are supposed to enter onto a roadway by exercising proper caution, this could be considered a violation of state law, which makes the driver negligent for the collision.
- Cut off - A car passes a cyclist then attempts to make a right turn, thus cutting off the cyclist. The driver fails to gauge how fast a cyclist is riding, resulting in a crash.
- Rear-end collisions - A cyclist gets struck from behind by a motorist.
Let Us Begin Your Claim Today
Our Savannah personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. We can investigate the accident, collect evidence, negotiate with insurers, and fight for you while you make a full recovery from your injuries as soon as possible. Do not wait and get experienced legal counsel on your side.
For more information, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.