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Atlanta Bicycle Accident Attorney

In crashes between bicycles and vehicles, the bikes always lose. Bicycles simply cannot withstand the forces of larger, heavier vehicles in collisions. Therefore, the bicyclist will almost always bear the brunt of the injuries in these accidents. Common bike accident injuries include bone fractures, head and neck injuries, and abrasions from road rash. If the vehicle rolls over the cyclist, injuries can be catastrophic. After a bicycle accident in Atlanta, call on Butler Wooten & Peak LLP for help. It could be the best way to safeguard your financial future.

Atlanta Bicycle Laws

Bicycling in Atlanta doesn’t give you free reign on the roads. There are laws and responsibilities you must obey as a cyclist. Learning what you can and cannot do can help you prevent accidents and avoid liability should you get into a collision. Breaking any of the city-specific rules can harm your eligibility for recovery in the event of an accident. Here are a few laws that may be relevant to crashes in the city:

  1. Bicycles are vehicles according to law. This means cyclists must obey all the same roadway and traffic rules as other motorists – stopping at intersections, yielding right of way when appropriate, and signaling their intentions.
  2. Bicyclists over 12 years of age cannot ride on sidewalks in Atlanta. It’s technically illegal to bike on sidewalks in business districts. Instead, cyclists must use the roadway or designated bike lanes.
  3. Bicyclists must ride with traffic. As a legal motor vehicle, a bicycle must follow the same directional flow as traffic. It may seem safer to ride on the opposite side of the road so you can see oncoming vehicles, but this is not legal in Atlanta.
  4. Bicycles must have proper lights and reflectors for operation at night. The law mandates that all bicycles in use at night must have a white front light, visible from at least 300 feet away, and a red rear light or reflector visible from 300 feet.
  5. Bicyclists over the age of 16 are not legally required to wear helmets. Atlanta municipal law only mandates helmet use for riders and passengers under the age of 16. Helmets must fit well, fasten securely, and meet federal safety standards.

Obeying bicycle laws can make your actions predictable to other drivers. This will improve your safety, as other roadway users will know what to expect from you as you navigate the roads. Breaking the law not only puts you in danger of serious injury or death, or any pedestrians in the area, but it may also restrict your eligibility for compensation in the event of a crash.

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident

A bicycle accident can turn your life upside down. It can land you in the hospital, with hefty medical bills and income deficiencies due to lost time at work. It can destroy your expensive bicycle and lead to emotional harm such as post-traumatic stress disorder. It can even leave you permanently disabled. If you find yourself in any of these situations, take heart. There is a team of aggressive attorneys available to pursue justice and compensation on your behalf. The Atlanta accident attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP  want to help injured cyclists gain financial recovery after harmful accidents. Call us in Atlanta at (404) 321-1700 or toll-free (800) 242-2962 to discuss your case today!