Marietta Bicycle Accident Injury Lawyers

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 www.NHTSA.gov/Bicycles.

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.