There are many advantages of riding a bicycle. It is a great form of exercise that is challenging and fun, but it can also be dangerous. In 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 743 pedalcyclists killed and an estimated 48,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
Although there have been efforts to increase education and public awareness regarding bicyclists sharing the road with motorists, many motorists are still unaware of the rules. Many vehicle-versus-bicycle crashes are the result of:
· Driving distracted. Most people are multi-tasking when they are driving their car. They are talking on the cell phone, texting, eating, grooming, or talking with other passengers, all of which take their focus off of the road and driving safely.
· Failure to yield. Many motorists fail to see bicyclists, especially in intersections. The failure of either party to yield the right-of-way or turning into the path of the other can cause a serious accident.
· Impairment of the driver. If either the motorist or the cyclist are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a crash is certain to happen. Driver impairment accounts for a large percentage of vehicle versus bicycle accidents.
· Veering or swerving. While a bicyclist is safer when riding in a designated bike lane, it doesn’t guarantee safety. Motorists often unintentionally veer or drift over into the bike lane and hit cyclists.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, let us assist you in pursuing the maximum compensation for your injuries suffered.
Having an experienced attorney on your side is crucial to obtaining all the financial compensation you deserve for your injury. The attorneys of Murphy & Garner, LLC, have over 32 years of experience serving clients in western Georgia and the surrounding area. We will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at 866-942-0552 or 678-563-1584.