Throughout the metro-Atlanta area and around the state of Georgia, bicycles
are viewed as a healthy method of travel. Instead of driving a car, many
Georgians choose to cycle manageable distances in an effort to save money,
the environment, and as a form of exercise. While using a bicycle as a
form of transportation and fitness is an excellent habit, cycling can
also be dangerous.
In 2012 alone, Georgia roadways saw 18 deaths as a result of a vehicle
and bicycle crashing. That is only a fraction of the total number of bicycle
crashes, which was 681. 75% of those accidents left cyclists with injuries.
Bicycle deaths account for approximately 2 percent of all traffic fatalities,
according to 2011 studies. Because so many Georgia citizens are viewing
bicycling as a healthy recreational activity and sensible method of transportation,
we are seeing more injuries and deaths as a result of bicycle-automobile
accidents. In 2011, a law was passed to make roadways safer for cyclists,
including a provision to require motorists to leave a minimum of three
feet between their vehicles and a bicycle traveling on Georgia roadways.
This means that automobile drivers would have to cross the center line
in the roadway to appropriately pass a cyclist.
In an effort to prevent bicycle accident injuries and deaths, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration has provided safety checklists for
bicyclists of all ages to follow. Bicyclists have the same amount of responsibility
to keeping themselves safe as drivers of traditional motor vehicles, which
means educating yourself on proper roadway biking safety procedures. For
instance, cyclists should never travel without a helmet, no matter how
short a distance. These helmets should be fitted properly and not be worn
so loose that they are ineffective in the event of a crash. Also, biking
at night can increase the risk of crash with an automobile drastically
so it is important to outfit yourself and your bike with night gear so
that others can clearly see you. Bicycles should never be operated by
individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as this often creates
circumstances where bad decisions are made. For more bicycle safety information, visit
At Jones & Swanson, we have represented numerous victims of bicycle-automobile
accidents. We have also represented families who lost loved ones in bicycle
crashes. It is our goal to prevent as many of these cycling accidents
in Georgia as possible, as we have witnessed first-hand the devastation
associated with cycle crashes. If you or someone you love have been injured
when a motor vehicle struck you on your bicycle, you do not have to face
the outcome alone. The at-fault party can be held liable for medical expenses,
pain and suffering, and more. For more information,
contact the top Georgia attorneys at Jones & Swanson today.