For many different reasons – enjoying the scenery, staying in shape or saving money – more people bike today in Norcross and throughout Georgia than ever before. In fact, the number of biking commuters across the country grew by 51 percent between 2000 and 2016, Car and Driver reports. Unfortunately, as the number of cyclists has increased, so has the number of bike accidents, according to Governors Highway Safety Association statistics.
Our attorneys at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, know that most of these accidents are preventable. They occur when negligent motorists fail to safely share the road with cyclists. In some cases, drivers hit cyclists because they don’t see them in time. In many other cases, they simply refuse to respect the cyclist’s rights.
If a negligent driver hurt you while you were riding your bike in Norcross, you may be eligible for compensation to help with the impact of the crash. Our attorneys want to help. We have recovered more than $150 million on behalf of our clients, and we offer highly personalized representation to every client we serve. Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.
Why Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Bicycle Accident?
From the start of your bicycle accident case, our attorneys will investigate whether a negligent driver caused your crash. If so, we will help you to pursue all compensation which you are entitled to receive. At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, you can count on us to:
- Provide a free consultation and review your legal rights and options.
- Handle all communication with the insurance company, which will allow you to focus on your health and your physical recovery.
- Document your medical expenses and treatment options.
- Reach out to accident reconstruction experts to determine how your bike accident occurred.
- Consult with doctors and life care planners to determine how your injuries will impact your life now and in the future.
- Thoroughly and accurately evaluate your damages.
- Negotiate aggressively with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
- Fight for you in court if a trial is necessary.
We understand how the aftermath of a bicycle accident can be a difficult time for you and your family. To minimize your stress, we will handle every aspect of your claim while keeping you updated at every stage.
Why Do Bicycle Accidents Happen?
A number of factors could have caused your bicycle accident. Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, will thoroughly investigate your case to determine the exact cause of your collision and identify all parties who should be held liable. As we have seen, the cause of a crash often traces to a driver’s negligence such as:
- Driving while distracted – It is illegal to hold a phone in Georgia while driving. Other types of distraction can also cause drivers to hit bicyclists, including loud music, rowdy passengers and eating and drinking while behind the wheel.
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs – Drivers should never get behind the wheel when they are impaired. A drunk or drugged driver may fail to see a bicyclist on the road or react on time in order to avoid a collision.
- Failing to yield the right of way – All too often, drivers fail to yield the right of way as the law requires when they encounter cyclists at intersections or along the road.
- Failing to check mirrors and blind spots – Drivers are responsible for ensuring that the way is clear when they want to change lanes or turn. When they fail to do so, they may fail to see a cyclist and, in turn, cause a collision.
- Passing without enough room – Georgia’s three-foot law requires drivers to leave enough room around bicycles. Many crashes occur when drivers pass cyclists too closely and hit them or force them off the road.
- Dooring – Serious injuries can occur when the driver or passenger of a parked vehicle opens a car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist. The failure to check before opening the door is a type of negligence.
To determine the cause of your crash, we collect and analyze photos, speak with witnesses and gather other evidence such as cell phone records or driver chemical test results. By preparing a solid case, we will be prepared to challenge an insurance company’s attempt to shift blame for the bike accident to you.
What Injuries Commonly Occur From Bicycle Accidents?
The injuries after a bike crash can be devastating to accident victims and their families. Due to the lack of structural protection, a cyclist will suffer the brunt of the impact. Many cyclists get thrown from their bikes or dragged along the pavement.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major concern. Even when a cyclist wears a helmet, the force of impact can result in major damage to the tissue and nerves within the brain. Other common bicycle accident injuries are:
- Sprains and strains
- Road rash (or friction burns)
- Neck injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage.
No matter what injury you have sustained, we will work hard to pursue maximum compensation for you.
What Damages Can You Seek After a Bicycle Accident?
You may be eligible to claim several different types of damages after a negligent driver has caused you to suffer injuries in a bicycle accident. At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we can seek damages on your behalf that may include:
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damage
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death (if your loved one died in the bicycle accident).
We will work closely with you to evaluate any settlement offer that you receive from the insurance company (or companies) and help you to determine whether the offer meets your needs and goals. We are highly experienced trial lawyers who will be prepared to put your case before a jury if that’s what it takes.
Get Help from a Norcross Bicycle Accident Attorney
At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, our lawyers focus on providing personalized service and smart legal strategies to our clients. If someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries or the loss of a loved one in a bicycle accident in Norcross, Gwinnett County, or elsewhere in Georgia, contact us today. We will provide a free case evaluation.