Bicycle riding is a great mode of transportation. It’s healthy, eco-friendly, convenient, and fun. But biking can also be dangerous, especially in the car-heavy Atlanta Metro area. Cars and trucks pass dangerously close to bicyclists, and even the most careful rider can be hit by a motor vehicle. Victims of bicycle accidents can experience not only great physical injury, but emotional trauma as well. The human body is no match for a car or a truck, and this is especially true for children. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bike accident, it’s important to know your rights.
According to Georgia bicycle laws, Section 40-6-294, the bicycle is legally a “vehicle”. The operator of a bicycle is entitled to the rights and responsibilities of a vehicle operator, or at least given the right to use the roads and required to obey traffic law.
The "vehicle" classification means that general vehicular traffic law applies to bicycles and the operation of a bicycle. However, the vehicular code and various regulations include many specific qualifications for specific classes of vehicles.
If you have been in a bicycle accident, there are some important steps to take to insure your rights are protected:
- Take down the motor vehicle’s license plate number, make & model.
- Take down the driver’s and owner’s name, phone number, email address, insurance carrier, and insurance policy number.
- Do not admit fault.
- Give details of the accident and cooperate with the police in providing answers to their questions.
- Seek medical help as soon as possible.
- Take photos of the accident, if possible.
- Take down witnesses’ names and information.
- Contact a lawyer.
The Persons Firm attorneys are experienced in handling bicycle crash claims. We know the Georgia bicycle laws inside and out, and if you are entitled to compensation… we will make sure you win it.
We handle all cases on a contingency basis. That means we charge no attorney’s fees until a settlement or verdict is obtained.