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.
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:
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.
The steps you take in the aftermath of a bicycle accident can determine your future. It is important to know what you should and should not do following a serious bike crash in Atlanta. If at any time you want personalized counsel, speak to an attorney from Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. In the meantime, the following steps can help you protect your rights.
Call (404) 321-1700 to discuss your bicycle accident with an attorney during a free consultation. Speak to a lawyer before accepting a settlement from an insurance company. Insurance companies may not deal with your claim fairly, but a lawyer can walk you through the process successfully.
When you call the driver’s insurance company, it will launch an investigation into your bicycle accident immediately. The insurer will assign a claims adjuster, or claims analyst, to your case. The adjuster will gather information about your accident, but his or her main goal is to get you to settle for as little as possible. It is the adjuster’s job to try to save the insurance company money – not to help you recover. For this reason, be wary when discussing your case or a settlement with a claims adjuster.
Insurance companies often use delay-or-deny tactics to avoid paying clients what they need. Insurers have created specific and elaborate processes to handle bicycle crash claims. Without a lawyer representing your best interests, you may settle your claim for less than it is worth – or settle for nothing at all. Do not agree to give a recorded statement to an insurance company. You do not legally have to give a statement, and its purpose is to try to trick you into saying something that could hurt your claim. Avoiding the traps an insurance company might set for you takes working with an attorney.
Hiring a bicycle accident attorney can guarantee that you do not settle for less than the value of your claim. A lawyer can help you hold the at-fault party (and his or her insurance company) responsible for paying your past and future medical bills, lost wages, and property damages. If you need surgery or extensive medical care, the insurance company should pay the full value of your costs. A lawyer can negotiate your claim on your behalf so you do not end up saying yes to a lowball settlement offer.
Using a lawyer will also give you the power to take a defendant to court if necessary for fair compensation. Although attorneys can settle most bike accident claims without going to trial, having the ability to go to court can help you get the most for your claim. Taking an insurance company to trial could result in greater compensation for your losses, with available recovery for pain and suffering and punitive damages. A lawyer will be able to create a legal strategy tailored to your specific needs, injuries, and case goals.
An Atlanta bicycle accident attorney can give you advice about how to proceed in a way that ensures you receive fair compensation, from the beginning to the end of your case. A lawyer with experience handling bike accident claims can successfully recover damages for your economic and noneconomic injuries. Your attorney will take over negotiations and claim communications on your behalf, while you focus on your physical recovery. At our firm, if your lawyer does not recover any damages, you will not have to pay any legal fees.
In our years of experience handling bicycle accidents in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, we have come to recognize some of the most common and pressing questions our clients ask in the aftermath of a serious bicycle accident. Our attorneys are here to openly and honestly answer your questions and acknowledge your concerns. If you do not see your question in these FAQs, contact us for a free legal consultation.
At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, it is our mission to inform the people of Atlanta about their rights and legal options after serious accidents and personal injuries. We provide free case evaluations so you can receive tailored answers to your questions at no cost or obligation. Contact us now to request your free consultation in Atlanta. We can visit your home or hospital room if you cannot make it to our local law office.
A bike 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. We are 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!