Riding a bicycle is not just a form of relaxation or exercise, for many, it’s a way to commute back and forth to work. Thanks to Atlanta’s mild climate, it’s not uncommon to see a number of people riding their bikes to work throughout a good portion of the year. This has been a trend nationwide as more and more Americans opt to get back and forth to work on their bicycles.
With riding a bicycle comes the added risk of potentially getting into an accident Since a bicyclist doesn’t have the same protection as someone sitting in a vehicle, injuries are often severe or even catastrophic in some bicycle losses.
If you or a loved one were injured while riding a bike, it’s important to speak with an Atlanta bicycle accident attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports:
When it comes to time of day statistics, the NHTSA divides a 24-hour day into three-hour intervals, starting at midnight, and further divides the figures by season. The greatest number of fatalities occurred between 6 P.M. and 8:59 P.M. regardless of the season. By season, winter was the highest at 30% followed by spring at 22%, 19% in summer, and 19% in fall. That three-hour window was still the highest, no matter if it was a weekday or weekend.
Alcohol played a role in at least 35% of all collisions that involved a bicycle fatality. In 29% of these crashes, the vehicle driver or the bicyclist had at least a BAC of 0.08 or higher.
There is a greater likelihood of severe injuries in a bicycle accident. Some of the injuries you might see include:
Both bicycles and drivers can work to improve safety while on the road. Some methods to do this include:
If you or a loved one were injured while riding a bike and your injuries were caused by a negligent driver, you need to speak with an Atlanta bicycle attorney right away. Contact Shani O. Brooks P.C. at 404-692-5404 today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us help protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.