Covington, GA Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycles are a common form of transportation that individuals use to get to and from. They are also used for exercise and for fun. Compared to other forms of transportation, biking is an economical way to get around due to no pollution and no cost to use, except for the energy of the cyclist. A common misconception is that cyclists should not be on the roads, but by law, cyclists have the same rights on the road as motor vehicles. Cyclists must be more aware on the roads than motor vehicle drivers in order to avoid injury. Unfortunately, even the most cautious cyclists can be struck by a vehicle. At Benton & Benton, we are able to help if you are in that unfortunate situation.
Common Cyclist Injuries
Since cyclists have the same rights as motorists on the roads, that means they should be treated with the same respect as other motorists. Drivers in trucks, cars, and motorcycles should yield to cyclists on the road. Cyclists are legally required to follow the same rules of the road as any motor vehicle, including stop lights, stop signs, and yielding to pedestrians. A cyclist can do everything to respect the rules of the road but motorists may not return the respect to cyclists which leads to life threatening accidents. Due to the weight and size difference, the outcome can be deadly.
Common bicycle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Road rash
- Lingering pain
When it comes to injuries that are caused by a bicycle and motor vehicle collision, a helmet can make a world of difference. In the state of Georgia, anyone under the age of 16 is required to wear a helmet while on a bicycle, while those over the age of 16 are not required by law to wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet is highly recommended because it reduces the risk of hemorrhage, concussions, skull fractures, and head trauma. Wearing a helmet can save your life and is always a smart choice to put one on.
Types of Damage
After a bicycle accident, there is always some sort of damage that has to be recovered from. There are two categories in which damages from an accident will fall under: economic and non-economic. Any form of damage will fall under one of these two categories.
Economic damages are those that are simple to calculate the value of the damage that has been done. It will include items that can be easily added up. Medical appointments, surgical procedures, physical therapy, and wages lost due to the injury. The time and money that goes into recovering from an injury can add up quickly.
Non-Economic damage is not as easily measured or calculated by a monetary value. The amount of emotional distress, physical pain suffered, and quality of life that has decreased are examples of this. If a cyclist has a life-altering injury such as an amputation, it can truly impact the rest of their life.
Both of these types of damage can alter a cyclist’s life. It is important to know that you can get compensated for both types of damages because they are life-altering.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
No matter how careful you are on the road as a cyclist, there is always a possibility that you could be hit by a motor vehicle. Thirty percent of bicycle accidents are caused by a cyclist being hit by a car. Some motor vehicles do not respect cyclists on the road as they should. This causes accidents, and since those on bicycles have less protection, they are the ones that typically get more injured. Common causes of motor vehicle and bicycle accidents are:
- Distracted Driving: Be sure that you are paying attention to the road and your surroundings.
- Unsafe lane changes: Look at the lane you plan to change to and ensure there is no one there, including cyclists.
- Not giving enough buffer space: Do not follow cyclists too close, or pass them with little clearance between you and the cyclists.
- Speeding: Maintain the speed limit to ensure everyone’s safety on the road.
- Turning without looking: Be sure to look before you turn, especially at a red light.
- Running a red light or stop sign: Running a stop sign or red light is dangerous for anyone on the road, both cyclists and motor vehicle drivers.
- Impaired driving: Never drive while you are impaired of any kind, your cognitive skills will not be able to react as they should.
- Failure to Yield: When going through a roundabout or changing lanes, be sure to yield to those on the roadway, including cyclists.
Decrease Your Accident Risk
There are two things you can do while on a bicycle that can help decrease your risk of being hit by a motor vehicle. The first is to wear a helmet. If you are hit by a motor vehicle, wearing a helmet can make all the difference when it comes to your injuries and recovery. The second is to make yourself easily visible by having reflectors on yourself, your bike, tires, frame, and pedals to help yourself be more visible. It is never a bad idea to also wear bright clothing and reflective clothing as a cyclist. If you enjoy riding your bicycle at night, it is crucial to have reflective items on your bike and clothing, or else it will be difficult for anyone to see you.
Why Benton & Benton?
At Benton & Benton we are invested in your situation. Whether you have questions about a case or need help with your bicycle accident injuries, we are here to help. We want to help you win your case and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We know that injuries can be life-altering, and we are here to help you feel a little peace during an overwhelming time. Contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your situation. We are here to help you get big-time results.