Tragic Bicycle Accident Grim Reminder of Collision Risks


October 29, 2010

You are a respected orthopedic surgeon who has survived a tour of duty in Iraq avoiding the dangers of the war where thousands have been hurt and killed. You come home a hero who has served your country faithfully. You are out for a bike ride with friends when you are suddenly run down by a distracted driver and must be taken to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. This horrible nightmare is a reality for an Augusta, Georgia rider who was involved in a bicycle accident with an SUV when riding with a group of recreational cyclists in Beech Island, South Carolina.

The accident which occurred early this month has set off a debate about the inherent challenge of how to safely have bicycle riders and motor vehicles share the road. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing bicyclist involved in car and truck accidents throughout the State of Georgia, including Atlanta, for over 25 years.

The inherent risk of sharing the road with bigger, faster and heavier motor vehicles including cars, trucks and SUVs poses a constant risk of serious bicycle accidents that result in traumatic injuries and even death. Hundreds of bicycle riders are killed in bicycle accidents with motor vehicles each year, with over 52,000 more people being injured. Further, bicycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and high fatality rates. Many drivers resent having to share the road with slower moving bicycles, which makes the roads particularly unsafe for cyclists. The Beech Island incident has spawned a lot of resentment toward the group of riders despite the fact one of the riders was killed. Some went as far as to suggest it was the bicyclist's fault for choosing to ride on a curvy narrow road. However, members from the cyclist group point out that the area of the road where the accident occurred was straight and the riders were only riding two abreast.

While the collision is still under investigation, police did disclose that the driver admitted he was distracted when he plowed into the bicycle rider. Auto accidents involving distracted drivers are very common and growing all the time with the popularity of handheld electronic devices. Sadly, a careless accident can be life-changing, especially when the victim is a bicyclist or pedestrian. The attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been helping bicycle accident victims throughout the State of Georgia for over 25 years.

Call Montlick & Associates today to see how we can help. Our Georgia bicycle accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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