You may qualify to take legal action if you were hurt in a bicycle accident. Georgia law provides injured bicyclists the opportunity to pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Bicycle accident attorneys at Kaine Law can help you exercise your rights and fight for damages if you were involved in a car accident while riding your bike.
Can I seek compensation if I was hurt in a bicycle accident?
If you were hit by a car while riding your bike, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and related expenses. You may recover a monetary sum to pay for:
- Medical treatment
- Property damage
- Lost wages if you are unable to work
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- And more
There are multiple routes to seek damages. You may file a claim with the driver’s car insurance company or file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver. A bicycle accident lawyer at our firm can advise you on the appropriate paths to pursue damages.
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How can a bicycle accident lawyer help me?
Kaine Law can manage the entirety of your legal case from start to finish.
- File insurance claims or lawsuits
- Retrieve medical records, police reports, and other evidence
- Secure expert testimony to prove fault and liability
- Calculate the value of your losses
- Negotiate with insurance companies for a fair and full settlement
- Represent you at trial, if necessary
- Answer your questions and provide 24/7 support
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Who is liable for my bike accident?
Liability for your accident depends on its cause. In many cases, the liable party is a negligent driver who struck your bicycle, such as by failing to check for bicyclists while turning, failing to check their blind spot, or otherwise driving recklessly.
Our lawyers will retrieve evidence to establish the other party’s fault and liability for your accident. Examples of types of evidence we may use include:
- Police reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Video surveillance that captured the accident
- Expert testimony, including from accident reconstruction experts
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What Georgia laws govern bicycle accidents?
Georgia bicycle laws dictate rules that bicyclists and drivers must follow. Insurance companies, lawyers, judges, investigators, and others will review your compliance with these laws, as well as that of the driver, when determining fault for your accident.
Here are some of the laws that might be relevant to your case:
- In this state, only riders under age 13 may use the sidewalk.
- Riding a bike after dark requires increased visibility. Your bike must be equipped with a white light on the front and a red light on the back. Both lights need to be visible from 300 feet away. A red reflector attached to the back of the bike will suffice in place of a rear light.
- Bicyclists must drive as close to the right side of the roadway as possible.
- Bicyclists riding on the roadway cannot ride more than two abreast.
Do bicyclists have the same rights as pedestrians?
You may expect Georgia law to treat bicyclists like pedestrians. However, your rights more closely resemble those of an automobile. Because you are sharing the road with cars, you share roadway responsibilities. When you ride your bike on the road, you must follow all traffic laws. That includes stopping at red lights and following traffic signs.
Can I be at fault for causing my bicycle accident?
You have a right to ride your bike on the roads of Georgia. However, you also have a legal responsibility to follow the rules of the road. Due to Georgia’s contributory negligence law, the insurance company may claim you are partially responsible for causing the car accident.
An insurance adjuster will review the police report when reviewing the case. This is why you want a bicycle accident lawyer who understands the laws surrounding cyclists. We will conduct our own investigation and protect your rights if the defendant or insurer tries to blame you for the accident.
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How long do I have to file a bicycle accident lawsuit?
Georgia law allows just two years to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, you could be barred from recovering compensation. Kaine Law’s bike accident attorneys will help you file your lawsuit and meet other deadlines.
Contact a bicycle accident attorney
The bicycle accident lawyers at Kaine Law are here to help. We will guide you through every step of the process to recover damages after your bicycle accident. Our team of attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today by phone at (404) 214-2001. Hablamos Español.