Bicycles are a major form of transportation in America. Many Atlanta residents use their bicycles to get to work or class. Others use their bikes for recreation or job related functions. Unfortunately, too many bicycle wrecks occur due to the negligence of motorists resulting in serious injuries or the wrongful death of the innocent bicycle rider.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 49,000 bicyclists were injured and 726 bicyclists were killed in the United States in 2012.69% of the deaths occurred in urban areas. The average age of the bicyclists killed was 43 and 9% of those killed were children. Alcohol was involved in 37% of fatal bicycle wrecks.
Bicycle wrecks occur for a variety of reasons including:
Bicyclists do not have the benefit of many of the safety features in modern day automobiles and collisions with motor vehicles can result in serious catastrophic injuries or death to the bicycle rider. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having been injured on a bicycle due to the negligence of a motorist, several things need to be done to preserve your personal injury claim.
First, you need to seek medical treatment for all of your injuries and follow your doctor’s advice to get better. Then, as soon as you are able, you need to contact an attorney. If you need compensation for injuries such as head fractures, neck or back injuries, broken bones, or even the wrongful death of a loved one, call Joel today. He offers free consultations for victims of bicycle wrecks.
If Joel takes your case, he will immediately begin a thorough investigation into the cause of the crash and retain an accident reconstruction expert to document the scene if needed. He will also contact all witnesses and law enforcement personnel. Joel will deal with the at-fault parties’ insurance company so you don’t have to. During this time, your sole job will be to try and get better by following your doctor’s advice.
Once the pre-suit investigation is complete, Joel will attempt to settle your case with the insurance company. If the insurance company treats you unfairly, Joel will file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf and fight in Court to get you a full and fair recovery. If you have been injured in a Georgia bicycle wreck, call Joel today.