Bicyclists can travel at high speeds with minimal protection. In many cases,
accidents can cause severe injuries, even when the biker is wearing a
helmet. To qualify for compensation after an accident, you must be able
to demonstrate that you are not liable. The following guidelines can serve
as a quick reference to help you determine who was to blame for your accident.
Were you following traffic laws?
A bicycle is often treated as a vehicle according to Georgia law. Because
of this, you are required to follow all applicable signals, signs, markings,
and right of way rules. This will help minimize your risk of liability
in an accident.
Did you take appropriate safety precautions?
You should wear a helmet while biking to minimize risk of an accident.
Likewise, you should protect yourself at night by wearing bright clothes,
using reflective tape, and using reflectors or lights.
Was the other party negligent?
A distracted driver can cause an accident even when you are following
all proper precautions. In such cases, they would be held responsible
for any damages suffered. Similarly, a property owner may be held liable
for the hazardous objects/conditions that caused your injury.
Was the accident caused by defective equipment?
If your helmet, bike, or other materials led to an accident, the manufacturer
may be held liable for your injury.
Need more information? Contact an attorney!
While these guidelines can help you get an idea of who is responsible for
an accident, they are not all-inclusive. Even if you think you are partly
at fault for an accident, you still may be able to seek damages on account
of comparative negligence. Our top-rated legal team at the Law Offices
of Andrew W. Jones has recovered more than $45 million for our clients,
and can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Contact Jones & Swanson to work with an experienced personal injury attorney in Marietta.