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Does an Increase in Bicycles Mean an Increase in Accidents?

Every year, Fayette County residents see a growing number of bicycles on the roadways, alongside cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles.  More people are bicycling for pleasure, exercise, or commute to work.  Bicycles are better than cars for the environment and keep people physically active.  Overall, there is no good reason to believe the rising bicycle trend will change anytime soon.  However, many traffic experts are concerned that an increased number of bicycles may also mean an increased number of bicycle accidents and injuries.  If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries by the responsible motorist and you should contact an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible.

 

Will there be more accidents?

Experts are split on whether more bikes mean more accidents.  Some believe that the majority of bike accidents occur because motorists are not very accustomed to sharing the road with bicycles and do not know the proper etiquette and right of way rules, and do not habitually check rear view mirrors for approaching bicycles.  These experts believe that having and increased number of bicycles on the roads may actually make motorists more accustomed to sharing the road and all of the related rules, and may actually increase bicycle safety.

 

Others disagree, showing concern that the new bicycle trend will lead many inexperienced cyclists to jump on their bikes for a morning commute in rush hour traffic.  Many of these new cyclists may not be aware of proper bicycle or road sharing safety, therefore may in fact cause more accidents and injuries.

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

 

Though experts are split, the truth is that bicycle accidents still happen every day in the United States, causing injury and even death.  If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you should not delay calling an accident lawyer in Fayette County for help.  Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia