Atlanta Bicycle Accident Attorney
A bicycle can be a terrific alternative to cars and traffic in a city like Atlanta. But all too often, negligent and aggressive drivers will violate bicyclists’ rights and cause serious injuries and even death to bicycle riders. Violations of traffic safety laws are considered negligence, and bicyclists who are injured by a negligent driver are entitled to receive financial compensation. Also, families of bicyclists who have been killed by a negligent driver are entitled to wrongful death compensation. If you or your loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident in Atlanta, schedule an initial consultation with a bicycle accident attorney from The Issa & Castro Law Firm today.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
The city of Atlanta is actively encouraging commuters and residents to take up bicycling in an effort to mitigate the effects of traffic congestion and pollution in the urban areas. To lead that charge, a ‘bike czar’ position was created in 2015, and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition actively solicits donations to increase awareness and safety. However, these initiatives have outpaced the city’s ability to create bike lanes, educate citizens on laws on how to share the road, and reach the goal of zero traffic deaths.
On average, over 740 people lose their lives in bicycle accidents nationwide. These statistics seem to be rising, with 850 deaths occurring as recently as 2018. And, since the number of bicycles seems to be increasing every year, there’s reason to believe that the number of deaths will also keep growing if nothing is done to change things.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, The Issa & Castro Law Firm can help. Call today.
Common Injuries from Bicycle Accidents
The importance of wearing a helmet cannot be overstated since the great majority of serious bicycle injuries affect the head and the face. Helmets can reduce the severity of those injuries by up to 85%. Also, make sure to ride the right bike for your size, wear bright colors to help car drivers see you, and ride in a responsible way.
Here is a list of the most common injuries people suffer from bicycle accidents:
- Bone fractures
- Deep lacerations
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Any of the above injuries can mean months or years of rehabilitation and medical treatments. In some cases, such as with traumatic brain injuries, the serious nature of the injury not only affects the victim, but also, their entire family.
Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident in Atlanta
It is important for you not to leave the scene of the accident. Wait for law enforcement to arrive, even if there are no visible injuries. Get a copy of the police report and go get yourself checked out by a healthcare provider. You do not want to be surprised later by injuries that were not immediately obvious.
Don’t engage in negotiations with the vehicle’s driver. What you must do is get their contact information, including their insurance and the make and model of the car and license plates.
If there are witnesses, obtain their contact information. Also, take pictures of the scene and document it fully. Then, call The Issa & Castro Law Firm and speak with one of our bicycle accident attorneys to discuss your case.
Damages From a Bicycle Accident
The economic damages you may recover after a bicycle accident include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more. In comparison, non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of capacity.
Keep a detailed record of all your medical visits, treatments, physical therapy appointments, and prescriptions, as well as costs incurred while going to and from these appointments. Document the damage to your property and also make a file regarding the money you have been unable to earn by not being able to go to work.
Your bicycle accident attorney from The Issa & Castro Law Firm will work with you to determine the amount of damages you can claim. We will also listen closely to your account of the incident and conduct an accident investigation. And since we work on a contingency basis, you don’t have to come up with out-of-pocket money. We will be paid once your case is settled or litigated. Schedule an appointment today.