Gwinnett County, Georgia, is a great place to explore on your bike. Biking isn’t just a fun, healthy, inexpensive, and green mode of transportation but is also a perfect way to get out and enjoy a beautiful day. When you’re on your bike, however, it’s important to always make staying safe out there your top priority. After all, when you head out on two wheels, there is absolutely nothing other than your helmet to protect you from the impact of an accident. If a motorist’s negligence leaves you injured in a bike accident, you need experienced legal counsel to help protect your rights.
In its Bike Safety blog, the state of Georgia shares several state laws that are intended to help keep you safer when you’re on your bike. When you head out on your bike, there are several key rules of the road that you should always keep in mind:
- Learn the hand gestures that signal your intentions to turn left and right, and always use those gestures when turning.
- In Georgia, those bicyclists who are younger than 16 must wear a helmet when they are riding or when they are bike passengers. It is always safest to don a properly fitting bike helmet when you ride.
- Bikes may only transport as many people as they are intended to transport—no one can ride on the handlebars or anywhere else they aren’t intended to ride.
- When riding in a bike lane, you must travel in the same direction that traffic is traveling.
- Electric bikes may use bike paths in Georgia.
- If you ride at night, you need to equip the front of your bike with a white light that’s visible for 300 feet and equip the back of your bike with red reflectors that are approved by the Department of Public Safety (or with a red light).
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a bike accident, don’t leave your claim to chance; you need experienced legal counsel. Bike accidents often cause serious injuries that lead to significant physical, financial, and emotional damages. The dedicated legal team at Brauns Law, PC, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, has the experience, skill, and compassion to help guide your claim toward the compensation to which you’re entitled. Our knowledgeable bike accident attorneys are here to help.
The State of Georgia also provides cyclists with a handy Bike Safety Checklist that allows you to systematically go through the process of ensuring that your bike is in safe working order—and thus, road worthy. This Checklist includes guidelines that monitor your bike’s wheels, tires, brakes, spokes, chain, pedals, seat, handlebars, lights, and frame. Take the time to give your bicycle regular safety checks.
Bike Accident Statistics
All these safety precautions are suggested precisely because bike accidents are dangerous accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares two important statistics related to biking safety:
- While bike trips account for only about one percent of road trips in the U.S., cyclists are much more likely than motorists are to be injured or killed in an accident.
- In 2015, there were more than 1,000 fatalities and almost 467,000 injuries related to bike accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also reports significant bike safety statistics:
- Bicyclists made up 2.2 percent of all the traffic fatalities in 2016.
- Bike fatalities are most common in urban areas and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- The overwhelming majority of bike fatalities are men.
- In 29 percent of bike accidents, either the motorist or the bicyclist was impaired.
Bike accidents happen. When you’re taking to the streets of Gwinnett County on your bike, always make riding safely your number one goal.
The NHTSA shares its methodology for avoiding dangerous bike accidents:
- Before you head out, prepare yourself for the ride ahead. Plan your route, dress to be seen, ensure that your pant legs and shoestrings are safely tucked away, don your helmet, and check your bike for road-worthiness.
- Ride defensively. Remain focused when you ride, and stay alert to the traffic with which you share the road. Be on the lookout for the unexpected, and anticipate what other drivers in your midst may do. The safety basics include driving with the flow of traffic, obeying all signage, maintaining the assumption that motorists don’t see you, being on the lookout for hazards up ahead (including dangerous road conditions), and riding distraction free (put your phone and music away).
- Ride predictably. When you ride predictably, and in accordance with the rules of the road, motorists will have a better sense of what you’re going to do, which makes sharing the road safer. Learn hand signals, and use them whenever you make a turn; ride where you are expected to ride on the road; travel with traffic, and always check over your shoulder before changing lanes or making a turn.
Your Bike Accident Claim
If a motorist has left you injured in a bike accident, it’s important that your complete damages are well represented. Injuries caused by bike accidents are often serious, and the extent of such injuries can take time to assess fully. Bike accidents can elicit significant physical, financial, and emotional damages that are difficult to overcome. While no amount of money will return you to your pre-accident self, just compensation can help you better navigate the road toward a more complete recovery. An experienced bike accident attorney will help ensure that you are justly compensated
If You Were Injured in a Bike Accident, Consult Brauns Law, PC, in Gwinnett County Today
Bike accidents are serious accidents that often lead to serious injuries. If a motorist’s negligence has left you injured in a bike accident, you need experienced legal counsel. Brauns Law, PC, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is here to help. Our experienced bike accident attorneys have the skill, commitment, and compassion to advocate for your just compensation. You can contact us online or call us at (404) 418-8244 for a free consultation today.