Bicyclists are a common sight on roadways throughout Newnan and the rest of Coweta County, Georgia. While bicycling can be an excellent source of exercise and an environmentally friendly way to commute, it also exposes riders to a significant risk of injury. Whenever there are cars and bicyclists in close proximity to one another, accidents are bound to happen. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that almost 50,000 pedalcyclists were injured in crashes with motor vehicles in 2012 alone. Fortunately, Georgia law allows people injured in bicycle accidents caused by driver negligence to recover. An attorney can help make sure that you get the compensation you deserve, so it is important to contact one as soon as you can after an injury occurs.
The injuries that people sustain in bicycle accidents caused by cars or trucks are often catastrophic. Bicyclists can be easily thrown from their bikes, and may even become trapped under the vehicle that struck them. Among the serious injuries that can occur in a Newnan bicycle accident include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Spinal cord injuries
These and other injuries that people may sustain in Newnan bicycle accidents can potentially result in significant economic and noneconomic damages. Often, the medical expenses associated with the injuries people sustain in bicycle accidents can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Additionally, bicycle accident injuries have the potential to leave victims with disabilities that may prevent them from working or even living independently. For these victims, it is extremely important to ensure their financial security by securing a settlement or award compensating them for their injuries.
Contact a Newnan personal injury attorney for a free consultation
People injured in Newnan bicycle accidents may be entitled to significant compensation. To schedule a free consultation, contact one of the attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.