Bicycling is popular with urban commuters, exercise aficionados, and people who simply want to enjoy the Georgia landscape. Unfortunately Atlanta's notorious traffic can make riding a bicycle dangerous. Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer Bryce Angell, founder of The Angell Law Firm, is an avid, life-long cyclist and understands the danger that negligent drivers pose to bikers. If you have been injured in a bike accident, The Angell Law Firm can help you seek compensation for your injuries.Bicycle Accidents Carry High Rates of Injury
With so much beautiful scenery, Georgia is a great state for bicyclists. But when bicycles and cars share the same roads, accidents happen. In an average year, there are between 800 and 900 accidents involving bicycles in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Nearly 80 percent of these accidents cause some type of injury. A bicycle accident can result in significant property damage and physical injuries. Fortunately, Georgia law gives bicyclists who have been injured by negligent drivers a legal remedy.Georgia Law Protects Cyclists
A bicyclist injured in an accident caused by another person can file a negligence lawsuit. For the bicyclist’s suit to be successful, she must prove:
- The defendant, usually the driver of a car, owed a duty to the cyclist;
- The driver somehow breached that duty; and
- The cyclist was injured as a result of the driver's actions.
Drivers must drive reasonably under the given circumstances. Drivers owe this duty to everyone on the road, including other motorists, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. A driver might breach this duty by speeding, cutting off a bicyclist, or driving drunk. If these actions cause an accident that injures a bicyclist, the driver will be liable to the bicyclist for his injuries.
In some cases where a driver has broken a safety-related law, the bicyclist may have to prove only that the driver's actions were a cause of the bicyclist's injuries. It is presumed that the driver owed and breached a duty. Ask a knowledgeable attorney about what you have to prove in your bicycle accident case.Injured Bicyclists May Collect Damages
A person who brings a successful bicycle accident case is entitled to what are called compensatory damages. These damages are intended to make the plaintiff whole from any financial, bodily, or emotional injuries she has sustained. Things like medical bills, property damage, and emotional distress are all covered by compensatory damages.
Georgia plaintiffs may be entitled to punitive damages in rare cases where the defendant acted maliciously or with a conscious disregard for the consequences of his actions. Accidents that involve the consumption of alcohol are not subject to Georgia's punitive damages cap. Be sure to ask an experienced lawyer about the damages to which you may be entitled.Trust a Cyclist with your Bicycle Accident Case
Fellow cyclist and Atlanta bicycle accident attorney Bryce Angell has the knowledge and experience to aggressively litigate your bicycle accident case. If you have been injured in a bike accident, call (770) 217-4954 or email The Angell Law Firm to learn how we can help you recover and get back on your bike.