Each year about 50,000 Americans are injured, and approximately 500 killed, while simply riding their bicycles. And, despite the growth of the Atlanta Beltline and other metro Atlanta bike plans, our region remains a dangerous one for bikers. Georgia drivers continue to be aggressive or inattentive to bicycles with which they share the roads. The results are accidents caused by:
The streets of Atlanta are extremely busy, but the fact is that cyclists have the same right to the roads as cars. Georgia law gives you the right to recover damages like medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering if you are the victim of a bicycle accident. However, this is not necessarily a smooth process.
For one, law enforcement and juries tend to be biased against bicyclists – a fact which should come as no surprise to residents of car-centric Atlanta. Also, insurance companies will work hard to obtain the lowest settlement possible; for example, by trying to force victims to settle immediately, before the full extent of an injury can be known. For these reasons, a victim of a bicycle accident needs a personal injury attorney as their advocate; preferably one who is committed to going to court, if necessary, to receive a maximum settlement for their client.
The personal injury attorneys at Bruce A. Hagen Law have over 30 years of combined experience fighting for cases involving bicyclists injured because of driver negligence. We can’t think of a better way to make Atlanta drivers pay attention to bicycle riders than by holding them responsible for the injuries and damages they cause. And we work hard to hold insurance companies accountable for their actions.
The State of Georgia gives you a full two years in which to file a personal injury lawsuit after your bicycle accident. Don’t rush to settle with an insurance company without first consulting an experienced personal injury attorney about your claim. If you or a loved one has been injured by a car or truck while biking in Georgia, don’t become a victim a second time. Contact bicycle accident attorney Bruce A. Hagen for a free consultation about your options.
Bruce A. Hagen is an advocate for bicycle safety, awareness, and education. He has represented hundreds of bicyclists and collected millions of dollars. Check out the following bicycle organizations for more information on events, such as Bike to Work Day, news, how you can get involved in the community to create a safer, more bicycle friendly Georgia.
If you are involved in an accident while biking, always be sure to record the following information:
You can also download the free Hagen Law Accident App for your iPhone or Android phone. It can give you clear guidance on what to do should you after any type of accident.
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Parties that you may be able to recover damages from include the following:
Yes. If you violate the law and this is what has caused your accident, or if you operate the bicycle in a negligent manner.
After being involved in an accident, damages one can recover may include: medical bills, present and future wage loss, future medical treatment, and past and future pain and suffering.
If you were struck by a driver who does not have auto insurance, you may still be able to receive a settlement through your own insurance. This option is available through your uninsured motorist coverage.
For many reasons, the answer is yes, but the real answer is that it will help you tremendously to have a lawyer who is not just a bicyclist himself but understands the many factors that go into representing cyclists. Hagen Rosskopf and Earle are exactly those attorneys and have been helping bicyclists in the Atlanta and Decatur areas, as well as all of Georgia, for years.