Chamblee Bicycle Accident Attorneys
At Montlick and Associates, we understand the daily hazards faced by bicycling enthusiast because many of our bicycle attorneys ride bicycles to exercise, explore, and commute. Bicyclists are particularly susceptible to injury because even the lightest passenger vehicle is dozens of times heavier than a bicycle. Many bicyclists suffer painful injuries that require a substantial recovery period, including broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord injury and other serious injuries. In some cases, bicyclists suffer long-term loss of mental and physical functioning that can permanently alter the rider’s quality of life and result in extreme financial hardship.
There are tens of thousands of people injured in bicycle accidents in the U.S. each year. When cycling in areas like urban centers characterized by a high volume of traffic, the risk of being hit by a driver of a motor vehicle is much more significant because these areas account for seventy percent of all bicycle accidents. It is imperative to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle in Chamblee because serious head injuries are responsible for sixty percent of all fatal bicycle accidents. When a cyclist wears a helmet, the risk of a head injury is reduced by over eighty percent.
Despite the vulnerability of the typical bicyclist, anyone that rides the streets of Chamblee or the surrounding areas knows that many drivers regard bicyclists as nothing more than an annoying nuisance. Under the Georgia Rules of the Road, a bicycle is a motor vehicle so cyclists are entitled to the protections of the same right of way rules as larger motor vehicles. However, it is not uncommon for a driver to suddenly accelerate around a cyclist crowding the rider. Because bicyclists have no physical protection to shield them from the impact with a car, truck, or SUV, these collisions are rarely minor events. At Montlick and Associates, our Chamblee bicycle accident attorneys diligently pursue the compensation that cyclists need to recover and rebuild following a serious bike-car collision.
While a bike may be considered a motor vehicle under Georgia law, it is different from other motor vehicles in several ways that can be dangerous for cyclists, including the following:
- Less visible because of small comparative size
- Limited ability to maneuver or swerve quickly to avoid hazards
- Minimal stability
- Virtually no safety features
- Lack of structural protection from impact
When these disadvantages associated with bicycles are compounded by indifferent attitudes toward the safety of cyclists, the danger to riders is substantial. The basis for liability in most serious Chamblee bike accidents is the negligence of drivers of motor vehicles. However, this is not the only cause of serious bicycle accidents. Sometimes bikes are manufactured or designed improperly which may contribute to a serious bicycle crash. Bike defects may include chains that become entangled with a rider’s clothing or brakes that fail. Another basis of negligence is the failure of municipal entities, counties and other government entities to properly maintain, design, or construct safe roadways and intersections. Cyclists are far more likely to be injured in an accident because of potholes and other defects in the roadway.
Some prevalent causes of bike accidents in Chamblee and throughout the surrounding areas of Georgia include:
- Unsafe lane changes or moving into the bike lane
- Drivers who are tired or fatigued
- DUI/DWI (drunk driving)
- Drivers not paying attention to their driving
- Failure of drivers to allow enough space between a car and bike
- Motorists that disregard traffic signs, signals and laws
- Speeding drivers that fail to slow down in bad weather
- Turning when it is not safe
When you are involved in a Chamblee bicycle accident and suffer serious injury or lose someone you love, you will face medical bills, lost wages, and other financial hardships. Our experienced Chamblee bicycle accident attorneys may seek a wide range of different forms of financial compensation. While the specific circumstances of your Chamblee bicycle accident will dictate the precise damages that apply to your case, damages may include:
- Lost income and future earning capacity
- Costs related to hospitalization, medication, diagnostic exams, rehabilitation and other expenses
- Replacement or repair costs for your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress/mental anguish
- Adverse impact on one’s quality of life and marital relationship
- Damages associated with fatal bicycle accidents (burial/funerals)
- Exemplary (Punitive) damages
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Chamblee bicycle accident lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Chamblee bicycle accident attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.