Norcross Bicycle Accident Attorney
Georgia bicyclists are legally prohibited from riding on sidewalks. As a result, most bicyclists ride in the streets alongside motorists. In fact, Norcross is home to many popular biking trails and many of the city’s residents and tourists use these trails as well as the streets to visit the city’s attractions. Unfortunately, this can put cyclists at a higher risk of being involved in collisions with vehicles. For example, dooring accidents, which occur when a driver, who is parked on the side of the road, opens his or her door into a bicyclist’s path, have become increasingly common, and while some cyclists walk away from these kinds of collisions with only a few scrapes, others sustain extremely serious injuries. Motorists who fail to use reasonable care around bicyclists can be held accountable for their actions, so if you were injured in a dooring accident, you should speak with an experienced Norcross bicycle accident lawyer who can help you seek compensation for your losses.State Law
Georgia lawmakers passed a series of laws specifically aimed at protecting cyclists from motorists on the road. For example, under state law, drivers are not permitted to open their car doors, if the door is on the side exposed to moving traffic, unless it is reasonably safe to do so. They are also prohibited from leaving a door open for longer than is necessary to load or unload passengers. When a cyclist who was injured in a dooring accident can demonstrate that a motorist violated one of these laws, he or she could stand to recover enough damages to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
While car owners are usually held responsible in these types of cases, especially if they did not check their blind spot before opening their door, cyclists may also share responsibility for an accident. For example, a cyclist who darted out from between two cars and then collided with someone’s door will probably be held at least partially at fault in the accident. Fortunately, even when they contributed to an accident, bicyclists can still recover some compensation under the legal theory of comparative negligence. To learn more about filing a claim for your own cycling-related injury, please contact one of our experienced bicycle accident attorneys in Norcross.Preventing Dooring Accidents
Dooring accidents pose a serious risk to cyclists, so it is important for both motorists and bicyclists to take certain steps to prevent these types of collisions, such as:
- Keeping an eye out for parked cars;
- Never assuming that a parked car is empty;
- Wearing reflective clothing at night;
- Equipping bicycles with lights;
- Watching for cyclists when parking in the street;
- Waiting to open a car door until a bicyclist has passed;
- Staying out of a driver’s “door zone,” which extends to about four feet to the side of a car; and
- Avoiding roads with a lot of traffic.
Taking these precautions can go a long way towards preventing these kinds of dangerous collisions.Call Today to Discuss Your Case With an Experienced Norcross Bicycle Accident Lawyer
As the number of bicycles and cars on the road continues to increase, the more bicyclists are put at risk of being involved in a serious accident. If you were injured in a collision with a motorist, please call The Angell Law Firm, LLC at (770) 217-4954 to schedule a consultation with a dedicated bicycle accident attorney in Norcross.