A bike accident is far more likely to result in serious injuries than most other types of crashes in Augusta. Bikers have very few safety features that protect them in the case of a crash. Worse, there is rarely anything between their body and the impact of the accident. This leaves bicyclists in a very vulnerable position. If they get hit by a car, chances are high that they are going to suffer significant injuries, even though most bike accidents are low-speed affairs.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bike accident in Augusta, the Hadden Law Firm can help you recover the compensation that you need and deserve.
Bike Accidents are Common
Biking has gotten more and more common as more and more people move to urban areas and use their bikes to get to work, run errands, or for recreation. This is especially true for places like Augusta, Georgia, and the CSRA where the weather is warm year-round and there is little snow in the winter. As more miles are traveled on bikes, though, more accidents happen.
According to a 2012 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 3% of people who had ridden a bike in the last two years had been in an accident that required medical attention. That percentage comes from a body of bikers that includes people who bike every day as well as people who only biked once in the previous two years.
A Significant Portion of Bike Accidents in Georgia are Caused by Other Drivers
While most bike accidents are single-vehicle accidents, the NHTSA report found that, out of the accidents involving bikers, 29% of them were caused by drivers in motor vehicles. These crashes are often severe and frequently deadly. Most of them are the result of the driver's negligence or poor driving decisions.
Some of the most common situations that lead to a bike accident are:
- Drivers not looking for bikers before making a right turn
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Driving or turning at an intersection without looking for bikers.
Additionally, some bike accidents are caused by car drivers even when the car is not on the road. Drivers who open their car doors without checking for oncoming bikers can cause a serious bike crash. Known as “dooring,” bicyclists are left with little time to react and avoid a collision with the inside of the car door. Even if they are able to take evasive action, bikers are usually forced further into the road, where they can get hit by other cars.
Single-Vehicle Bike Accidents in Georgia are Not Always the Biker's Fault
However, even in accidents that only involve the biker, it is not always the case that the biker was at fault. There are a handful of circumstances that are outside the biker's control that can cause a crash. If any of these are at play, the biker may be able to recover compensation for his or her injuries from the party that was ultimately responsible.
Examples of bike accidents that only involve the biker, but that are not always the biker's fault, include:
- An unrestrained dog running after a biker and causing a crash
- A defective bike part breaking during the ride
- A poorly maintained road or another dangerous road condition.
Augusta Victims Deserve Compensation for Their Injuries
Bikers frequently suffer some very serious injuries in a bike accident. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Broken bones, particularly to the legs and lower extremities when a motor vehicle is involved
- Fractured wrists and hands, when the biker instinctively braces for a fall
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
- Road rash.
When the biker did not cause the crash that left them hurt, they should not be forced to pay for their losses. Instead, the responsible party should cover the victim's losses or compensate them for what they have already paid out of pocket. That compensation should cover:
- Medical expenses
- Costs of ongoing care
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity, if the crash left the victim with a disability that diminishes their ability to earn a living
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
The Hadden Law Firm: Attorney for Victims of Bike Accidents in Augusta, Georgia
John Hadden represents victims of bike accidents in and around Augusta, Georgia. With his help, victims can recover the compensation they need and deserve after being hurt in a bike accident they did not cause. Contact the Hadden Law Firm online to get started on your case.