While many people may not know this, 2% of the people who die every year in traffic accidents are cyclists.  Similarly, over 2% of the people injured in auto accidents every year are cyclists.  There are years however when these fatalities are much higher.  For instance, in the year 2002 alone, 662 riders were reported killed in bicycle accidents, accounting for 12% of all non-motorist fatalities.  About 48,000 cyclists were also injured in accidents in the same year.  According to the National Center of Statistics and Analysis, there have been more than 47,000 cyclist fatalities in the United States since 1932 from auto accidents.

Bicycles are fun to ride and provide recreational fun and entertainment.  Unfortunately, they are more dangerous to ride on Georgia roads due to the lack of protection afforded the driver as compared to a car or truck.

Are you suffering from a bicycle accident related injury?  If you or a friend or family member has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an injury sustained while operating a bicycle, please contact William P. Evans immediately as a quick and thorough investigation to establish facts, contact witnesses, and preserve evidence can make a dramatic difference in the recovery obtained.  William P. Evans has represented cyclists injured as a result of other drivers negligence for over 30 years.  Mr. Evans’ paralegal, Michelle Foster, has assisted Mr. Evans in his practice for over 11 years.  Please contact Mr. Evans or Ms. Foster immediately to seek assistance in your bicycle  injury case and to discuss your legal rights.  Please either contact Mr. Evans or Ms. Foster at (404) 841-9400 or (866) 876-8554.

There are many ways in which an individual riding a bicycle in Georgia can become involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.  Some examples include: riding a bicycle and being sideswiped by a car; colliding with another bicycle; crashing due to poor road and weather conditions; or simply being struck by another vehicle who did not see your bicycle due to lack of visibility or driver distraction.

The reason most bicycle and vehicle accidents occur is because car and truck drivers fail to keep a proper lookout for cyclists.  Injuries to cyclists have unfortunately become common on Georgia roads despite cyclists observing all safety precautions when riding.  In many instances these collisions and the resulting injuries to the bicyclist are the result of the negligence of car and truck drivers not looking more carefully for bicycle traffic.  Typically, when these accident occurs it is the cyclist who suffers most.  This is not made easier by the fact that law enforcement officers and members of the public are normally biased against and tend to blame the bicyclist in these collisions.

Riding a bicycle in Georgia can be safe if several precautions are taken.  Georgia cyclists should know several key safety factors that will help when riding your bicycle.  First, always wear a helmet.  Remember that safety should be your first concern when cycling.  Second, avoid riding in hazardous weather conditions.  This will put you less at risk as a result of other drivers negligence or distraction in bad weather conditions.  You may be an expert cyclist, but many motor vehicle drivers are not and as a cyclist on Georgia roads you are at times at the mercy of drivers of cars and trucks.  Third, never ride negligently and do not perform tricks or stunts to show off.  Please remember to check your blind spots because many car and truck drivers do not.  Always drive your bicycle defensively to avoid collisions with cars and trucks that do not see you.  Obviously,  never cycle after drinking.

The severe, and sometimes incapacitating and permanent injuries suffered by cyclists in such cases occasion significant financial losses both to the cyclists and their families.  The law however allows such an injured person, or their family in case the cyclist dies, to recover damages from the responsible party.  These damages include, among others, present and future medical expenses and lost earnings, as well as funeral expenses.  The injured individual is also allowed to recover damages for pain and suffering.  Further, if they were married, the spouse is entitled to recover damages for the loss of affection and marital help for the period his or her spouse was injured.  While monetary compensation can never undo the damage occasioned by the accident, especially in a case where the cyclist dies, such compensation does help ease the financial burden arising from such a bicycle accident.

Are you suffering from a bicycle accident related injury? If you or a friend or family member has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an injury sustained while operating a bicycle, please contact William P. Evans immediately as a quick and thorough investigation to establish facts, contact witnesses, and preserve evidence can make a dramatic difference in the recovery obtained.    William P. Evans has represented cyclists injured as a result of other drivers negligence for over 30 years.  Mr. Evans’ paralegal, Michelle Foster, has assisted Mr. Evans in his practice for over 11 years.  Please contact Mr. Evans or Ms. Foster immediately to seek assistance in your bicycle  injury case and to discuss your legal rights.  Please either contact Mr. Evans or Ms. Foster at (404) 841-9400 or (866) 876-8554.

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