According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 50,000 pedal cyclists were injured in 2012 alone. Whenever bicycles are in close proximity with motor vehicles, a risk of a collision exists. When these accidents occur because of driver negligence, bicyclists can often recover through a Georgia personal injury lawsuit. The lawyers of Shane Smith Law are available to discuss your case with you at no charge, and work hard to ensure that each client we represent get the full value of their claim.
Types of Bicycle Accidents
There are many different types of bicycle accidents that can cause injury, but some of the most common include the following:
The “Right Hook” – These kinds of accidents occur when a car passes a bicyclist on the left and then takes a right turn, either hitting the bicyclist or cutting in front of the bicyclist so that the bicyclist hits the car.
The “Left Cross” – The left cross is a type of accident that occurs when a bicyclist and a vehicle are travelling opposite directions and the vehicle attempts a left turn, either striking the bicyclist or turning into the bicyclists path without giving the bicyclist an opportunity to slow down.
Rear End Accidents – In some cases, a motorist may hit a bicycle from behind either when the bicyclist is moving or when it is coming to a stop.
Side-Swipe Accidents – This kind of accident happens when a motorist changes lanes and does not see a bicyclist riding next to his or her vehicle in another lane.
After a bicycle accident, victims should be sure to seek immediate medical attention. Once your injuries are treated and your condition is stable, you should contact a Raymond personal injury lawyer to determine whether you can bring a legal claim against the driver that hit you.
Contact a Raymond, Georgia personal injury lawyer to schedule a free consultation
Individuals who have been injured in bicycle accidents may be entitled to significant compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Raymond, Georgia personal injury lawyers, call Shane Smith Law today at (770) 487-8999.