Ways to Reduce the Risk of Georgia Bicycle Accidents
To save money and become more environmentally friendly, an increasing number of people are using their bicycles as a mode of transportation in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.
Because there are more new bicyclists on the roads, accidents involving motorists and bike riders are on the rise. A fair number of these accidents are due to not knowing or obeying the law when it comes to who has the right of way. An even more substantial number of accidents are because of the failure of drivers and bike riders to follow safety guidelines. A collision between a driver and a bicyclist is one of the most serious accidents and often results in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. Most of these bicycle accidents on Atlanta streets and throughout Georgia are avoidable by adhering to some basic rules, exercising good judgment and using common sense.
Paying Attention to Bike Paths
While some cities have created bicycle lanes on their streets, a good number have failed to implement this important safety measure on a wide scale. Bike paths are created so that a bicyclist can have a lane on the road just the same as motorists. These lanes are not for drivers trying to bypass other motorists they feel are driving too slowly. Bicyclists who choose to ride in between cars instead of along the designated bike paths stand an increased at risk of being involved in a bicycle accident in Georgia.
Sometimes motorists have no patience with other cars when it is time to turn, and they show bicyclists even less courtesy. An impatient driver who is in a rush to turn when next to a bike rider can pose a serious danger for cyclists. It can result in the bicyclist being forced to make a sudden stop, which can lead to the cyclist being struck by another vehicle from behind. A driver who cuts off a cyclist by failing to allow the cyclist sufficient room to turn may also collide with the bicyclist or cause the cyclist to topple over on their bike. A good rule to follow to protect a bicyclist when a driver is making a turn in the same direction is for a driver to give the rider enough room and time to execute their turn.
Car occupants that who open their car door without checking for bicycles can pose a major danger to bicycle riders. Drivers should always look in the side mirror before opening a car door that is on the side of traffic, as well as turn their head to check. A sudden car door opening while a bicyclist is coming will cause the rider to go over the door and can cause serious head, neck, back and facial injuries.
This is typically a problem with such people as bike messengers. It is extremely dangerous to ride at excessive speeds and weave in and out of traffic on a bicycle. Whether on a bicycle or in a car this type of conduct creates serious dangers, but the consequences are far more severe when riding a bike. Bike riding at high speeds may prevent a rider from stopping suddenly to avoid a bicycle collision.
If you or a loved one is involved in a bicycle accident, our experienced Atlanta bicycle accident lawyers can provide a free consultation about your rights to compensation for your injuries. If you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, depending on the circumstances we may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim under Georgia’s wrongful death statute. We invite you to contact our Atlanta bicycle accident attorneys today to discuss your rights and how we may be able to help. Montlick and Associates is available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.