Bicycle Accident Attorney in Norcross, Gwinnett County
Georgia Bike Accident Statistics
Unfortunately, Georgia is number 22 on the list of the deadliest states for bicyclists, with 1.7 deaths per million residents annually (an average of 16 fatalities per year). In 2015 (the most recent year data is available), 23 bicyclists died in Georgia including victims from Peachtree Corners, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Duluth, Johns Creek & Roswell just to name a few. This was a 21% increase from the year before. Most bicycle accidents in the state happen in the evenings, on weekends, and in urban areas with high traffic. Victims in Georgia bike accidents are mostly male.
Georgia Bicycle Laws
Georgia law classifies bicycles as vehicles. This means bicyclists have all the same rights and obligations of other drivers. General vehicle traffic laws apply to bicycle riding in the state. Bicyclists must ride as far to the right side of the road as safely possible, except when avoiding hazards or making left-hand turns. All bicycles must have red rear lights and white headlights. Bicyclists cannot ride on sidewalks except on a permanent driveway. Otherwise, bikes must ride in bicycle lanes or on the road.
Motor vehicles must leave at least three feet of distance between their vehicles and bicycles. Drivers must do all they can to keep bicyclists reasonably safe on the roads. It is against the law to follow or pass too closely to a bicycle, to cut a bicycle off, to ignore the right of way at intersections, and to drive aggressively near bicycles. Breaking traffic laws and causing an accident will generally result in driver liability.
Determining Liability in Bicycle Accidents
To hold the negligent driver liable for your collisions, you will need to write down his/her name and insurance information. Call the insurance company and file a claim as you would if the crash were between two motor vehicles. Don’t admit fault for the collision and don’t accept the first settlement from an insurance company. Instead, calculate your damages with help from our attorneys and enter into settlement negotiations knowledgeable about what your case is worth.
Then, use our skilled Georgia bicycle accident lawyers to help you fight for maximum compensation. Insurance companies will often offer less than a case is worth in the hopes that the claimant won’t try to fight for a fairer amount. Instead of entering negotiations blindly, consult with our attorneys and discover the true value of your losses. Only then can you feel confident during the litigation of your case.
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How We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, Dermer Appel Ruder, LLC is here to help. Our skilled Norcross bicycle accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the accident. We will work around the clock to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Call 404-892-8884 today to schedule a free consultation!