While bicyclists don’t make up a large portion of travelers in the United States today, they are often in more danger than cars or motorized vehicles. In fact, in 2014 alone, there were 50,000 bicycle injuries and 726 fatalities. Bicyclists only represent one percent of all commuters in the U.S., but make up two percent of all fatalities.
These statistics show that the road can be a dangerous place for bicyclists, especially if conditions are harsh or if other drivers are distracted or not following the appropriate rules around bicyclists.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents are most commonly caused by a collision with a vehicle (29%). Bicyclists can sometimes be difficult to see and other drivers on the road may not know or follow the proper road rules around a bicyclist. Other causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Falls (17%)
- Road in poor condition (13%)
- Rider error (13%)
- Collision with obstacles other than vehicles (7%)
- Animal crossings, like dogs, cats, etc. (4%)
Because bicyclists are vulnerable to all elements and can often go unseen, it is vital for bicyclists and other vehicle drivers to know and follow the proper road rules. This mode of transportation is especially dangerous in Atlanta, a high-traffic city with only about 45 miles of bike lanes.
Who is at Fault?
In Georgia, bicycles are treated just like any other motorized vehicle, however, if a bicycle is located in a bike lane, all motor vehicles must yield to the bicycle. Additionally, any time a motor vehicle is operated near a bicycle traveling in the same direction, the motor vehicle operator must allow at least 3 feet of space between the vehicles. These and other laws pertain to the operation of bicycles in Georgia.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, it’s important to document exactly what happened in the situation, including pictures of the damages, witness information and circumstances if possible. This can help attorneys and a judge determine who is at fault and what type of compensation you should receive.
Contact Cohen & Sinowski, P.C. After a Bicycle Accident
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the personal injury and bicycle accident attorneys at Cohen & Sinowski, P.C. We can help you gather evidence, prove fault, and seek compensation for your bicycle accident injury.
Contact us at 404-351-8888, or request a free legal consultation online.