Bicyclists All Over Suwanee Face Many Dangers Even with the State of Georgia’s Bicyclist Laws
For those people who do not bike and even some who do, there are some frightening statistics on the number of injuries and deaths that occur annually. The following statistics give insight into the most recent research:
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 677 bicyclists were killed. This is compared to 830 bicyclists deaths in 1995. While this is a drop, there are still too many bicyclist deaths.
- For the same time-frame, there were 38,000 injuries compared to 61,000 in 1995. Once again, while there has been a measurable drop, the amount of injured bicyclists still be injured is unacceptable.
- According to the National Safety Council, all of the injuries, deaths and related costs for victims of bicycle accidents cost taxpayers more than $4 billion annually.
According to research and accident reports, the majority of bicycle accidents occur during the evenings and during dawn and dusk. Other statistics address the demographics if people become injured and dying from bicycle accidents:
- Nearly 9 out of 10 (87 %) of bicyclists killed were men
- More than two-thirds (63%) of all bicyclists killed were aged between 25 and 64 years old
- Of all injures for bicyclists, 8 out of 10 were men
If you are a bicyclist and have been injured due to a negligent or reckless motorist or have lost a loved one due to similar circumstances, you need to speak with a Suwanee pedestrian accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free legal consultation today!
Recent Updates to Suwanee’s Bicycle Laws
More recently, the State of Suwanee has changed its law to give bicyclists more protection and punish negligent drivers who injure and/or kill bicyclists. The passage of Senate Bill 196 changes the law to permit the following:
- Municipalities, at their discretion, may permit minors 12 years of age and under to ride on the sidewalk. However, everyone else must still ride on the shoulder of the road.
- Fines are increased for motorists who fail to yield to motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and even farmers and cause them serious injuries to $250 for the first time. The next violation increases the fine to $500 to $1,000 per violation.
As you can see, bicyclists face a plethora of dangers and there are ample statistics to show that the danger is real. Even people who take all of the right steps and do their best to be as safe as possible can still be injured. If you have suffered severe injuries or have lost a loved one when they were riding their bicycle, you may be able to obtain justice for your damages. Call your New Hop pedestrian accident attorney at (888) 927-6955 to see what your legal rights are!