Bicycle accidents are often fatal or serious and can cause a lot of pain and distress. The risk of severe injury to riders is high because bikes offer little protection and may even aggravate the injuries due to sharp parts. Even if you wear a helmet, you can still get serious injuries, disability, or a lifetime of pain and suffering. That is why you need a reputable attorney to handle the legal side of things and help you get adequate compensation.
If you were a victim of a bicycle accident, get a legal team on your side. Call the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines, personal injury lawyers that will fight to you get the compensation you deserve. Our Atlanta bicycle injury lawyers have over 15 years of experience representing personal injury victims and have handled cases involving some of the largest insurers and corporations in the US.
Bicycle Accidents Are Often Tragic and Under-Reported
Data from the NHTSA indicates, on average, there are 677 cyclist fatalities every year caused by motor vehicle collisions. This accounts for 2% of all traffic fatalities in the US. In addition, motor vehicle collisions injure about 38 000 cyclists. Since only 10% of bicycle accidents are reported to law enforcement agencies, the numbers could be much higher.
Injuries Caused by Atlanta Bicycle Accidents
Apart from fatalities, bicycle accidents can cause debilitating injuries such as:
• damage to internal organs
• spinal cord injuries
• traumatic brain injuries
What To Do Following an Atlanta Bicycle Accident
You should start investigations immediately after the accident because the other party’s insurance company will start investigations immediately after they are informed of the accident. Collect evidence and report the case to law enforcement.
You should also link up with a competent and reputable personal injury attorney to help with the investigations, work with medical professionals, and determine how the injuries affected the victim. If the accident resulted in a fatality, personal injury attorneys can help surviving family members seek compensation from the negligent party by filing a wrongful death suit.
Common Causes of Atlanta Bicycle Accidents
–Most motor vehicle-bicycle crashes are caused by distracted driving. We seek compensation for such accidents from the motorist’s insurance policy.
–Another cause is failure to yield to cyclists because most motorists do not consider riders to have the same rights as motor vehicles. Drivers who refuse to give way to bicycles are liable for the damages caused by crashes.
–Drunk driving involves collisions with intoxicated drivers. There is a risk that the culpable driver will flee the scene of the crash. If you are the victim of a hit and run, call 911 immediately so that –they can track the vehicle. If the driver cannot be identified, we can still use your uninsured motorist cover or health insurance to get you compensation for the injuries.
–Unsafe road conditions can cause bicycle accidents due to poor maintenance or low visibility. In such cases, the victims can claim compensation from the government agency responsible for maintaining roads and traffic devices.
Filing A Bicycle Accident Claim
When you call our attorneys, they start by establishing liability by identifying who caused the accidents and the parties liable for paying damages. We will check the relevant state laws or ordinances to determine the rights and responsibilities of riders. This will help us prepare a strong case if the at-fault motorist claims that you violated bicycle laws or are to blame for the accident. For example, Georgia traffic laws do not require adult cyclists to fasten helmets, so you may still get compensation even if you were not wearing a helmet.
What is the Settlement for a Bicycle Accident in Atlanta?
The compensation for bicycle accidents varies with the case, but some of the factors that determine the total settlement include:
• The severity of the injuries
• Disabilities suffered
• The long-term impact of injuries
• Time spent away from work
• Liability of the other party
• Number of persons or entities culpable for the accident
• Pain and suffering
Why Hire an Atlanta Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
Many victims try to negotiate with insurance carriers on their own. You are likely to get inadequate compensation because insurance adjusters seek to pay the lowest amount possible. However, the experienced attorneys at Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines know how to negotiate for fair compensation from insurance companies and will even take the case to trial if an amicable resolution cannot be reached.
Damages for Bicycle Accidents
Our aggressive but compassionate lawyers work very hard to ensure that clients get maximum compensation. We seek settlement for:
• Lost income
• Lost opportunities for future earnings
• Immediate and long-term medical expenses
• Long-term care
• Emotional distress
• Pain and suffering
• Cost of rehabilitation
Work with Our Award-Winning Attorneys
At the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines, we believe that cyclists have the same rights as other motorists and should get adequate compensation for accidents caused by negligent or aggressive drivers. Our compassionate and caring lawyers understand the suffering that results from bicycle accidents and will do our best to help you get adequate compensation. Contact us or call 770-800-2000 for a free consultation and case evaluation by an Atlanta bicycle accident attorney.