Riding a bicycle, whether done for fun or the myriad health benefits that come with it, should be an overall pleasant, enjoyable experience. Sadly, due to drivers’ negligence, that is not always the case. There are a few things you should know if you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, but primary among them is that you need to consider hiring an experienced attorney who will work hard to make this daunting process easier and help you get the compensation you deserve.
With the increasing number of bicycle accidents in and around Atlanta, you need to be sure to protect yourself. If you have an accident, it’s most likely the fault of a driver who failed to see you just prior to the collision. In bicycle accidents in Atlanta, across the country, and around the world, one big risk that comes when riding a bike is the lack of physical protection – and it can have far-reaching and long-lasting repercussions, the severity of which cannot be overstated.
When the rider of a bicycle falls on the road or trails, they may have injuries, but usually protective gear such as helmets do a fairly good job of shielding the rider from more serious injuries. When it’s just a rider versus the ground or maybe a rock or boulder, consequences aren’t as dire as they are when a rider is hit by a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds, and is many times the size of the person. For that reason, bicycle versus vehicle accidents are a far more grave situation, one that should force you to consider hiring a reputable, knowledgeable attorney. Choose an attorney with Council & Associates, LLC, the firm that cares.
If you ride a bicycle, either rarely or regularly, you should wear protective gear in order to protect yourself in the event of a fall or collision; other precautions may include:
Just like car accidents, bicycle accidents can happen at any time due to driver negligence or for any number of reasons, such as:
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, call (404) 495-5250 to speak with one of the attorneys with Council & Associates, LLC. You can tell the attorney your story and they will explain the rights and options you have as a victim of a negligent driver. Together, you can decide in which direction you would most prefer to go; that is, if you’d like to file a lawsuit or if you’re willing to try to negotiate a settlement with the driver. If you decide to negotiate a settlement with the driver, we can help you determine a reasonable sum that will cover the expenses arising from your accident.
If the driver was at fault, you may be entitled to reimbursement of your medical bills, prescription medication, and the cost to repair or replace your bicycle; your compensation may also includes allowances for anticipated future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any lost wages. Call today to find out more about the compensation you deserve.