Macon Bicycle Accident Attorney
November 30, 2020
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Bicycling is a basic form of transportation that is accessible to virtually all Americans. People choose to bicycle for a variety of fitness, health, economic and environmental reasons.However, despite their reputation for providing good exercise and green transportation, bicycles are not without their drawbacks. Specifically, bicycle riders are at risk for very serious injuries in the event of an accident. According to data released for the year 2012 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 49,000 bicyclists were injured and 726 were killed in traffic crashes. As if those figures are not high enough, it is widely believed that the number of bicycle injuries is under reported because some injuries are not serious enough to require medical attention. To make matters worse, accidents involving bicycles are among the most frequent causes of fatal injuries for young children. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, the attorneys of the Mann Law Firm can help you obtain compensation for medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Our office in Macon serves all of Middle Georgia, including Dublin, Warner Robins or Milledgeville. Contact us for a thorough case evaluation by calling (478) 742-3381 or by filling out this form.
Who Is At Risk?NHTSA 2012 data further reveals that the average age of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles was 43 years old, up from 32 in 1998 and 24 in 1988. Almost 90 percent of the fatalities were male, and 30 percent of the fatalities occurred between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:59 p.m. Here in Georgia, there are almost 700 bicycle-motor vehicle crashes each year. Although many U.S. cities are beginning to build special lanes and paths for bicyclists, the majority of bike riders find themselves dangerously sharing the roadway with cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles.
In most states, including Georgia, bicycles are legally defined as vehicles on the road.Thus, bicyclists share the same rights and duties as motorists, such as yielding to pedestrians, staying off the sidewalk and riding in the same direction as traffic.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents in GeorgiaMany accidents happen because the motorist is distracted or is not paying attention to his or her driving. Some of the leading causes of bicycle accidents are when motorists:
- Turn directly in front of a moving bicycle
- Fail to allow the mandated three feet of space passing a bicycle
- Pull onto the roadway without looking in both directions
- Fail to yield the right of way
- Don’t check for cyclists when opening their door.