Millions of Americans enjoy bicycling on a daily basis, both for recreation and to commute from place to place. Unfortunately, whenever bicyclists and motor vehicles are in close proximity to one another, accidents are bound to happen. Often bicyclists are difficult for motorists to see due to their size, and this is an issue that is particularly true at night or in poor visibility conditions. When bicyclists are struck by cars, trucks, or other motor vehicles, the injuries that they sustain can often be severe. These injuries can include broken bones, facial fractures, traumatic brain injuries, or even spinal cord injuries, and may result in long-term and significant medical issues.
Often, an attorney can help bicycle accident victims recover for their medical bills and other losses they sustain as a result of an accident. Discussing your case with an attorney is the best way to find out if you may be able to bring a legal claim against the person or party responsible for your accident.
Nighttime Riding can be Made Safer
One of the greatest risks to bicyclists who ride night is motorists who are unable to see them. As a result, increasing your visibility is one of the most effective things you can do to minimize your risk of being involved in an accident when riding at night. Some of the steps that you can take to increase your visibility to motorists include:
Wearing retro-reflective clothing.
Place reflectors on the front, back, and on both wheels of your bike.
Add lights to the front and back of your bike. This is actually required by Georgia law when riding at night.
Choose a safe route
Accidents can happen even under the best of circumstances, and is important for anyone injured in a bicycle accident to ensure his or her rights are protected by retaining an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have been injured in a nighttime bicycle accident in Tyrone, Georgia or the surrounding areas, you may be eligible for significant compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Atlanta personal injury attorneys, call Shane Smith Law today at (770) 487-8999.