Preventing Bicycle Accidents in Atlanta
Bicycling can be a convenient means of transportation for those who live and work in the Atlanta area. It can also be a great form of exercise or a fun family activity. However, despite the many fantastic reasons to ride a bike, there is a risk of injury and death that comes whenever your hop on a bike. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 900 bicyclists were killed and another 494,000 seriously injured in the year 2013. Bicycle accidents are even more likely to occur in urban settings, which include the Atlanta region. Adolescents and young adults are considered most at risk of a bicycle accident, while males are more likely to be killed than females.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys have assisted several bicycle accident victims. We understand that bike riders are particularly at risk of being injured in the event of an accident due to the lack of protection afforded these individuals. Bicycle riders can experience broken bones, head injuries, internal organ damage, and other injuries. These injured individuals need the help of an experienced attorney to assist in their full recovery.
Bicyclists Can Take Steps to Protect Themselves
Not all accidents can be prevented, but there are certain steps bicyclists can take to protect themselves in the event of an accident. These include, but are not limited to:
- Use the lane: In all fifty states, bicyclists have the right to use a full traffic lane on the road. Cycling on the sidewalk is considered to be quite dangerous because it involves crossing driveways. As such, bicyclists should ride on the road as they are legally permitted in most situations. When bike paths exist, bicyclists should always utilize these paths as they are designed to be the safest option for bicyclists.
- Obey traffic signals: Bicyclists are required to obey all traffic signals, just like the drivers of automobiles. Failure to obey traffic signals can result in serious accidents. Bicyclists should pay close attention to stop signs, traffic lights, and more in order to stay safe.
- Wear a helmet: It is always wise for bicyclists of all ages to wear a helmet. Bikes offer little protection to their riders in the event of a crash. A helmet is one of the few safeguards to the body of the biker. Helmets can greatly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries, which are common in serious bike accidents. Wear your helmet every time you set off on a bike.
Put Out Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Claim!
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident you should be eligible to seek compensation from the at-fault driver responsible for the accident. The Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist accident victims in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience that we will dedicate to your case and our attorneys provide a wealth of knowledge and compassion to enhance your ability to obtain a full recovery. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible.
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