While bicycling around Atlanta and the surrounding communities can be an efficient and health-conscious way to commute, it also exposes riders to the risk of serious bodily injury. Whenever bicyclists ride in close proximity to heavy metropolitan traffic, accidents are bound to occur. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that nearly 50,000 pedalcyclists were injured in 2012 alone. When bicycle accidents are the result of motorist negligence, victims may be able to recover for their injuries and other losses through a Georgia personal injury lawsuit. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney at Shane Smith Law after a bicycle accident is the best way to ensure that your rights are protected and you get the compensation you deserve.
Steps to Take after a Bicycle Accident
After a bicycle accident, you may be shaken up, confused, and unsure of what to do next. Unfortunately, the steps that you take immediately after an accident may have a direct impact on whether you will be able to recover for you injuries. Some of the steps to take include the following:
Call law enforcement – An accident report generated by a law enforcement agency will act as an official record in the event that the facts of the accident come into dispute.
Collect information – Obtain contact information from any drivers involved in the accident as well as from anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
Seek medical attention – Bicycle accident victims often sustain serious injuries, some of which may not be readily apparent immediately after an accident happens. Not only will seeking medical attention ensure that your injuries are adequately treated, but it will also create a record of your injuries for the purposes of establishing damages.
Contact a Brooks personal injury attorney – The assistance of an attorney will ensure that you get the compensation you deserve and that you do not inadvertently admit fault when making a statement to other parties.
Contact a Brooks personal injury attorney for a free consultation
Individuals injured in bicycle accidents caused by driver negligence may be entitled to significant compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Shane Smith Law today at (770) 487-8999.