According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2012 was a better year for bicyclists in Georgia, chiefly Atlanta. However, according to the report, state-wide the situation was not so good.


Based on recent statistics from the piece, the number of individuals who died from bicycling accident increased. Based on statistics from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), 19 individuals died in biking accidents. The number of pedestrian deaths in Georgia went from 124 in 2011 to 168 in 2012. Motor vehicle fatalities increased by only 5 percent. Based on non-official figures from GDOT, 2012 saw 1,193 fatalities compared to 1,236 in 2011.


What is background on bicycling accidents?


Based on the AJC’s report, the majority of biking accidents with one or more deaths occurs on large, high-speed streets with speed limits greater than 45 miles per hour. However, the majority of cycling itself takes place on roads with slower operating speeds because there are more cars, lights, intersections, etc. Therefore, according to this report, it is the high rate of speed, not the traffic congestion that contributes to biking accidents.   


If you or a family member has been injured or killed while walking on the road or riding their bike, speaking with a Gwinnett County pedestrian accident attorney is the perfect way to see what rights exist for you and your loved one.


How can more bicycle accidents be reduced?


The AJC recommends to use what local and state government provides. This includes bike lanes where provided – based on the statistics, there were zero cyclists hit and/or killed by vehicles in their lanes of traffic when bicyclists were in their lanes.


According to the GDOT, they are instituting a “Complete Streets” program that encourages all levels of government to provide safe modes of transportation for all types of travelers, motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.


If you have been injured as a pedestrian or bicyclist or you have lost a loved one while riding their bicycle or walking as a pedestrian, Georgia law permits injure victims the ability to recover from their responsible parties. When you consult with a Liliburn pedestrian accident lawyer, you will understand what your rights are. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule your appointment with a Gwinnett County pedestrian accident lawyer. During your meeting with a Georgia pedestrian accident lawyer, you will be able to ask questions and work on obtaining closure from this traumatic experience. 

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