While bicycles are excellent means of transportation for many, the truth is, bicyclists are more vulnerable to the elements than most other motorists on the road, and if you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident due to no fault of your own, your best bet is speaking with a knowledgeable Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer here at The Jones & Jones Law Group who can help you fight for the compensation you need to heal. Contact us today so we can get started.
Do I Need an Atlanta Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident, you should first speak with a knowledgeable Atlanta injury lawyer before proceeding with your claim. We are ready to fight for you.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, such as poor weather or road conditions, though perhaps unsurprisingly, they are most frequently the result of negligence. Of course, cyclists are responsible for obeying the rules and regulations of the road, but so are all those who drive motor vehicles. In most cases, when a cyclist is injured in an accident, it is due to the negligence of another driver. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents are as follows:
- Impatient motorists crossing double-yellow lines to overtake cyclists
- Motorists crossing over onto the shoulder of the road, striking cyclists
- Drivers failing to check blind spots before merging or changing lanes
- Driving while distracted, failing to see cyclists before striking them
- Driving while intoxicated
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs
If you were injured because a driver was doing any of the aforementioned at the time of your accident, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation.
Frequent Injuries Sustained in Bicycle Accidents
Unfortunately, in most cases, injuries sustained in bicycle accidents are often severe, as the only protection most cyclists have is helmets and possibly knee/elbow pads. While a helmet can absolutely save a life, the cyclist will generally still take the brunt of the hit. Some of the most common injuries sustained in bicycle accidents include:
- Bone fractures
- Facial injuries
- Head trauma
- Spine injuries
- Wrongful death
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you must retain the services of an experienced Atlanta injury lawyer who can gather and present sufficient evidence to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf. Simply put, this means that to recover compensation, your attorney will have to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence.
As long as we can do so, you should recover compensation for two types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Essentially, economic damages deal with the financial cost of your injuries, such as the cost of surgeries, overnight hospital stays, lost wages, and more. On the other hand, non-economic damages deal more with emotional and intangible damages, such as the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more. Ensure you do not wait any longer than two years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim, as the statute of limitations in Georgia is, generally, two years.
Contact an Atlanta Bicycle Accident Lawyer
For years, our firm has assisted individuals throughout Georgia who’ve been wrongfully injured in bicycle accidents, and we are ready to put that experience to work for you. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, the time to act is now. Contact Steven Jones Injury Law today to schedule your initial consultation so we can discuss your situation.