More and more people in Sandy Springs are choosing to ride a bicycle, rather than drive a vehicle, to places like school, work, and the grocery store. There are many economical and health-related benefits you can get from riding your bike, but there are risks, as well—namely, bicycles do not provide the same protection as motor vehicles if an accident happens. If an accident has left you with medical costs and more, you’ll want to speak with a Sandy Springs bicycle accident lawyer.
Our lawyers at John Foy & Associates have been helping injured cyclists seek compensation for over 20 years. If you were not at fault for the crash, you should not have to pay. We are dedicated to pursuing the fullest financial recovery possible for your damages.
Call us today at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online and we’ll get you started with a FREE consultation. There is no risk in talking to us, as there’s no fee at all unless we win you money. Call (404) 400-4000 to get started for FREE.
What to Know About Bicyclists’ Rights in Sandy Springs
Most laws that cover the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists are outlined under Title 40 of the Georgia Code, but there are some situations where local ordinances may provide certain exceptions. If you’re unsure about a specific law or rule in Sandy Springs, a local bicycle accident lawyer can help.
Under Georgia Code section 40-1-1, bicycles are considered as ‘vehicles” in Georgia. The law also considers bike riders to be “drivers,” meaning the rules of the road apply to them just as they do to other drivers. They also have the same right to be on the road as other drivers, such as stopping at red lights and stop signs and signaling to other drivers when they are about to turn on a road.
Bicycles in Sandy Springs must also:
- Ride as far as possible to the right of the road (while staying safe) unless traveling at the same speed as traffic
- Travel in the same direction as traffic
- Not ride on the sidewalk if above the age of 12 (Georgia Code section 41-6-144)
- Wear a helmet if they are under the age of 16
- Not ride two abreast (side by side) unless at a special event for bikes or on a bike path
- Have front and rear lights when riding at night
Drivers are also legally required to leave a safe distance of three feet or more between themselves and bicycles when passing a bicycle. Many drivers do not follow this law and other laws that are meant to protect cyclists.
When a driver is not careful enough to watch for bicyclists and give them room on the roads, collisions can happen. Although there are exceptions, the other driver is almost always at fault in a bicycle accident.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Sandy Springs
As we just mentioned, bicycle accidents tend to result from other drivers being careless or inattentive on the road. Here are some specific ways we often see bike accidents occur in the Sandy Springs area:
- Drivers operate their vehicles while distracted, failing to see bicyclists traveling or turning nearby.
- Drivers sideswipe bicyclists while passing them too quickly or too closely.
- Drivers make a left or right turn without checking for smaller vehicles, such as bikes, and hitting a cyclist who is traveling straight.
- Drivers act aggressively towards cyclists, riding their bumper or not giving them enough room to drive safely.
- Passengers or drivers in a parked vehicle open their door without checking first, “dooring” a cyclist who is passing by on the street.
Besides accidents caused by motorists, there are other ways bicycle accidents can happen. Cyclists can crash or get thrown off their bikes because of hazards on the roadway, such as uneven pavement, potholes, or other types of debris. A cyclist can also swerve off the road and hit a tree.
Another cause of a bicycle accident is poor visibility from inclement weather or because the bicycle does not have sufficient lighting to alert other drivers of its presence.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, no matter how it occurred, if you were not at fault, you should not have to bear the costs. You can bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault party to seek compensation for your damages. To discuss your legal options with one of our experienced and compassionate bicycle accident lawyers for FREE today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Determining the Value of Your Bicycle Accident Claim
Before you can file a personal injury claim seeking compensation for your bicycle accident damages, you will need to know the full value of your costs. Anything that directly results from your bicycle accident injuries is considered damages in your case.
You will need to consider losses like:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages from missing work time
- Loss of earning capacity (if you can no longer work at the same capacity)
- Property damage to your bicycle and
- Pain and suffering damages
If you lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in Sandy Springs, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim seeking recovery for medical costs, pain and suffering, funeral costs, and more.
It’s best to work with a bicycle accident lawyer as soon as you can. They will know how to account for all damages you face because of your accident. The goal is to recover every penny that you have had to spend (or will have to spend) due to the crash.
You’ll also need to consider your non-economic damages too, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, and more. Your lawyer can help you determine the value of damages that do not have a set dollar amount and how they will fit into the entire cost of your accident. The insurance company will do their best to avoid paying you what you deserve, but your lawyer will be there to fight for your rights.
Speak with a Sandy Springs Bicycle Accident Lawyer for Free Today
Our bicycle accident lawyers at John Foy & Associates know what it means to build a strong case and fight for the money you deserve. We do not charge you unless we win you money, so there is no risk. Let us put our 20 plus years of experience to work for you—starting with a FREE consultation.
To schedule your FREE consultation and case evaluation today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.