According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, bicycle accident injuries cost victims $17 million in 2019. This total didn’t include the additional costs that a bicycle accident can incur, like bike repairs and lost income.
If a motorist struck you as you rode your bike along Broad Street, Durham Lake Parkway, or Rivertown Road, you could pursue financial compensation. So, let a Fairburn bicycle accident lawyer from Kaine Law evaluate your case. Then, we’ll gather evidence, negotiate with insurers, and help you get your life back on track.
No Two Bicycle Accidents Are the Same
Some bicycle accidents involve densely packed urban intersections. Others take place on winding side roads or in residential neighborhoods. In addition, the aftermath of these accidents differs. What might end in a bump and scrape for one cyclist could result in an emergency room visit for another.
This variability extends to the damages that a victim recovers. There’s no average settlement for bicycle accident claims, and lawsuits result in differing verdicts. Therefore, the value of these accidents depends on:
- The type and severity of injuries you suffered
- The length of time you missed work
- The extent of personal property damage
- The amount of pain and suffering you experienced
Damages Available in Bicycle Accident Claims
Damages are the categories of compensation you can receive and split into economic and noneconomic:
- Economic damages account for the expenses associated with your accident, including medical bills, bicycle repair costs, and lost income.
- Noneconomic damages are a bit more complicated to determine. They compensate you for the pain and suffering and other intangible losses you’ve suffered.
Georgia law places no limits on how much you could recover in economic and noneconomic damages.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer serving Fairburn, call 404-214-2001
Who Can You Hold Liable After a Bicycle Accident?
Our investigations typically find one of these three parties caused a bicycle accident in Fairburn:
- Negligent drivers: Most bicycle accidents result from a motorist striking a cyclist. Liability is typically straightforward in these cases. The party who crashed into you caused your accident and could be on the hook for your damages.
- Local or state government: Our team has successfully pursued parties responsible for maintaining roadways. Potholes, poor signage, and other factors can all cause accidents. However, pursuing local or state government agencies comes with unique challenges. For example, you may have less time to file a lawsuit.
- Bicycle manufacturer: It’s possible that a faulty bicycle caused your accident. For instance, a brake malfunction can result in losing control of your bike. So, our team will investigate your crash and determine if a faulty product contributed to it.
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We Will Build Your Bicycle Accident Case
A strong bicycle accident case always starts with evidence. It’s difficult to identify a liable party without proof. However, our team will conduct this investigation on your behalf. We’ll review:
- Police reports
- Eyewitness interviews
- Your medical records and invoices
- Traffic camera footage
- Smartphone pictures or videos
- Expert statements
You can’t successfully file an insurance claim or lawsuit against another party if you can’t prove they were responsible for your crash. In personal injury cases, this process of proving negligence involves four steps. At each stage, you or your lawyer must show by a preponderance of the evidence that:
- The responsible party owed you a duty of care: All motorists owe other road users a duty of care—meaning they’re responsible for not causing them harm. However, establishing a duty of care might be more challenging if your accident involves a manufacturer or government department.
- The responsible party didn’t uphold this duty: Negligence can take many forms, like driving recklessly, failing to maintain roadways, or distributing faulty bike parts. The evidence must show that the responsible party behaved negligently before your accident.
- This failure caused your accident: There needs to be a clear link between the responsible party’s negligence and your accident. For example, a drunk driver swerved into the bike lane and crashed into you.
- You suffered from your accident: This step typically involves reviewing your post-accident expenses, such as bike repairs, medical expenses, and lost wages. However, your emotional trauma also qualifies.
Many bicycle accident claims involve insurance companies. However, crash victims often assume the insurance adjuster is on their side and wants to help them with their recovery. Instead, insurers frequently play hardball and try to get claimants to settle for as little as possible.
We can protect you from low settlement offers. Our team is familiar with insurance company tactics and negotiating with adjusters, so we’ll push hard for the best settlement possible.
Our Team Cares
We’re committed to fighting for our clients. For example, we’ve won several notable cases, including some that have concluded with multimillion-dollar settlements. So, you can expect our team to take care of you—we will answer your questions and provide consistent case updates.
Here is what our previous clients have said about working with Kaine Law:
- “Evan Kaine is a great attorney who kept me informed on all activity regarding my case. Always willing to go the extra mile to put me at ease. Very knowledgeable and thorough, always examining my case from every angle. … Overall great legal service.” – BS
- “Kaine Law was AMAZING!!!!!!! I got into a car accident in November, and they helped me and walked me through the whole process!!!!! Ms. Elizabeth, Tashun, Jessica, and Josue reassured me that everything was going to be okay. They were very empathetic to my situation, and I was able to get my settlement quick!!!!!” – VH
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Let Our Team Handle Your Bicycle Accident Case
Our Fairburn bicycle accident lawyer is ready to support new clients. In addition, we work on contingency, so you won’t pay us anything unless we win your case. So, call our offices today for a no-obligation case review.
We encourage you to get started on your case as soon as you can. Bicycle accidents are subject to Georgia’s personal injury statute of limitations, meaning you have two years to file a lawsuit after a crash, per O.C.G.A § 9-3-33. Moreover, additional time can help us build you a stronger case.