Bethesda Pedestrian Accident Attorney Shane Smith Gives Bicyclists Tips to Stay Safe
According to the Georgia non-profit, Georgia Bikes!, bicyclists are put at a disadvantage and the organization recommends some safety tips for bicyclists. Based on their research they have found the following:
- Bicyclists have double the risk of being involved in a crash compared to driving on a public roadway.
- Bicyclists traveling against traffic on a sidewalk are at an even greater risk, nearly four times, of being involved in a car crash.
Based on comments from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) municipalities who recommend riding on the sidewalk may be legally liable for bicyclists involved in crashes when riding on a sidewalk. However, the Georgia State Legislature permits bicyclists 12 years old and younger to ride on sidewalks, even though there are clear recommendations against having anyone ride on a sidewalk.
If you or a relative has been injured or killed due to the negligence of a third party, you may have a personal injury claim. Since your circumstances are unique, it is necessary to have an experienced Georgia pedestrian accident attorney evaluate your circumstances. Your Loganville pedestrian accident attorney will be able to determine what your legal rights are during your free legal consultation. Please call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today!
Georgia bikes! also has some good tips to help bicyclists stay safe and understand what rights and responsibilities they have:
- Based on Georgia State law, bicyclists are recognized as vehicles and therefore have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle operators.
- Motorists must maintain at least 3 feet between their car and a bicyclist. The law is put in place because even a close call can cause a bicyclist to crash and suffer serious injuries and even death from a crash.
- Motorists are required by law to respect bicyclists in bike lanes. Cars should never park in them, pass another car or truck. Cars are required to give bicyclists the same right of way they would give to pedestrians.
- Motorists should take extra precaution when it comes to turning at intersections. Since bicyclists are sometimes hard to see, drivers should take a second look before making a turn.
Even though Georgia law has put in place safety measures and requirements for car and truck drivers to follow, bicyclist accidents do happen. Accidents happen when drivers fail to uphold their duty of care when they fail to take their privilege of driving seriously. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the carelessness of a driver while riding your bike, you may have a personal injury claim. The only way to determine what damages you may have is to speak with a Bethesda pedestrian accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 today!