Atlanta Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you were injured in a bike crash caused by a negligent driver, you have the option to hold that party (or multiple liable parties) financially accountable for your damages. Cyclists are often blamed or partially blamed for causing the very crashes they get injured in, but in most cases the driver is actually at fault. In order to prove that the driver was negligent, file a claim, and receive fair compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, lost wages, and other damages, you must work with an experienced Atlanta bicycle accident attorney. Atlanta bike crash attorney Christine Forsythe at The Forsythe Law Firm, LLC will do everything in her power to ensure that the careless or reckless driver and their insurance company pay every penny that you are owed. With over a decade of experience representing the other side—auto insurers—Christine Forsythe has the knowledge and capability to craft a winning case for you.
Distracted Driving is a Leading Cause of Bicycle Crashes
Distracted driving is particularly dangerous for vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians who do not have the luxury of roll cages, safety glass, seat belts, and air bags. Phone use is the top distraction for drivers, who often pass cyclists by mere feet. The slightest deviation from their lane—by looking at a text, for example—can lead to disaster. Distracted drivers may also pull out in front of cyclists from side roads, turn right in front of cyclists who are using the bike lane (called a right hook), or turn across traffic into the path of an oncoming cyclist, resulting in a head-on crash. The injuries cyclists face in any of these scenarios can be catastrophic.
Bike Crashes Caused by Road-Raged Drivers
Cyclists, regardless of age or ability, have a right to use essentially every roadway in Atlanta aside from the Interstate highway system, yet many drivers are of a different opinion. Common causes of bike crashes caused by intentionally aggressive drivers include ‘buzzing’ or passing too close and hitting the cyclist, honking or yelling at a cyclist and causing them to crash or ride off the road, or intentionally hitting the cyclist or using their vehicle to cause them to crash.
Hit and Runs
Cyclists and pedestrians are the primary victims in hit and run crashes because the driver can easily get away, while the cyclist or pedestrian cannot. Roughly two out of three people killed in hit and run crashes are cyclists and pedestrians. An attorney can either help you hold the at fault driver responsible for your damages, or file a claim against your own insurance company under your uninsured motorist coverage if the hit and run driver is never located by police.
Contact an Atlanta Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
The potential damages a seriously injured cyclist faces can be catastrophic. These damages usually include large hospital bills, future medical procedures and needs, lost wages and lost earning ability due to disability, property damage, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, permanent scarring and disfigurement, loss of joy of life, and more. Atlanta bicycle accident attorney Christine Forsythe at The Forsythe Law Firm, LLC is here to help you seek justice during your road to recovery. Call 404.476.2717 today to schedule a free consultation.