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Articles Tagged with Bicycle Accidents

illustration of a car and bicycle collisionIf you’re a cyclist, you are probably very familiar with the hazards you face every time you go out on the road. Distracted drivers, potholes, and angry dogs are just three of the common dangers that can quickly ruin your ride. But do you know what to do if you are injured in a bicycle accident? The steps you take immediately following your accident can be crucial in the event that you need to pursue a claim for your injuries. 

Stay Calm and Contact the Police

If you were hit by a car, emotions may be running high and you may be in considerable pain. You do not want to provoke an altercation. Do your best to stay calm and avoid making the situation worse. You should also contact the police, even if you don’t think you are injured. The police will come to the scene and prepare an accident report, which could be very helpful to your case if you have to pursue a claim later on. Get the officer’s name and badge number, and ask how to get a copy of the accident report once it’s ready.  

When most people think of car accident injuries, they think of injuries caused by two cars colliding with each other. After all, since most of us drive a personal vehicle to commute each day, this is our primary concern. However, riding a bicycle as a form of transportation has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in large cities like Atlanta. While there are several advantages to cycling over driving an automobile, including being healthier, better for the environment, and just more fun all around, safety is not one of them. Cyclists face serious injury or even death when they are struck by automobiles.

Bicycle Accident Liability Basics

Bicycle accidents involve many of the same determinations of fault as auto accidents. In fact, bicycles are considered “vehicles” for legal purposes in Georgia, meaning that the general rules of vehicular traffic apply to bikes on the same basis as motor vehicles. This includes driving on the right side of the road, stopping at stop signs and lights, and using forward and rearward illumination at night.