Georgia Cyclist Involved in Accident During Race – Later Passes Away
A young Georgia woman lost her life recently while participating in a charity bicycle race, according to the Times-Herald of Newnan, Georgia. She lost control of her bicycle and was thrown into oncoming traffic. Despite its attempt to avoid the young woman, a vehicle ended up striking her, resulting in fatal injuries. This tragic accident is one that was likely unavoidable. Many questions remain as this accident occurred while a charity race event was taking place. However, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the accident, the fact remains that bicycle accidents can occur without warning at any given time.
Injuries Resulting from Bicycle Accidents Can be Life-Altering
Individuals that survive bicycle accidents can be fortunate enough to recover very quickly. For others, injuries can be much more debilitating, requiring lifelong care that can be both mentally and physically draining as well as financially stressful. While the driver involved in this recent bicycle accident was not at fault for causing the accident, there are numerous bicycle accidents that do occur as a result of driver error. However, when it comes to any bicycle accident, fault is only one factor, as any cyclist has a chance of being significantly injured.
Because cyclists do not have the same protective barrier that motor vehicles do, injuries sustained from bicycle accidents can require rehabilitation that lasts for an indefinite period of time. Rehabilitation can be a painful process, and can take you away from your job with the possibility that you might not be able to return to that same job in the future.
Injuries resulting from bicycle accidents
Bicycle accident injuries can affect one's life in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, the following:
- Physical injuries;
- Emotional harm;
- Inability to work (i.e., lost wages);
- Loss of job opportunity in the future;
- Inability to take care of children and other loved ones;
- Inability to drive a car or travel anywhere on your own two feet;
- Accumulation of debt in the form of unending medical bills; and
- Feelings of uncertainty as to whether or not your life will ever be the same again.
Many drivers and cyclists have learned to share the road together and designated bicycle lanes have certainly helped to provide cyclists with a portion of the roadway to travel more safely. However, accidents still occur in situations where either a driver and/or a cyclist is at fault for causing a preventable accident. As such, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the accident you have been involved in, it is well worth your time to discuss your situation with a qualified legal professional who can evaluate the facts and circumstances of your case as well as advise what actions are necessary to protect your rights.
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