If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Georgia, you may be seeking to recover financial compensation for your damages. Continue reading and reach out to our experienced attorney to learn the steps you should take at the scene of your accident to set yourself up for a successful claim.
What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Georgia?
The most common causes of bicycle accidents are typically forms of motorist negligence. The most common forms of motorist negligence on the roads of Georgia include the following:
- Driving while fatigued
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Navigating directions while driving
- Not checking blind spots
- Ignoring traffic signs and lights
- Failing to comply with other rules and regulations of the road
- Failing to yield
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Unsafe lane changes
- Disciplining raucous children while driving
- Texting while driving
What should I do following a bicycle accident?
It is important that you take the following steps while you are still at the scene of your bicycle accident to increase your chances of filing a successful personal injury claim:
- Call the police. They will bring medical assistance to the scene and document the accident by conducting a police report. The police will also create a safer scene by redirecting traffic if necessary.
- While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, if you can, collect any witnesses’ contact information.
- Take photos and videos of the scene of your accident including any hazards that played a part in your accident as well as any damage to vehicles and property.
- Once the ambulance arrives, seek medical treatment immediately, even if you do not feel symptoms of an injury right away. It is important to be seen by a medical professional after an accident.
- Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment. These documents should include information regarding the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
- Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the financial compensation you require to heal and move on with your life. A knowledgeable attorney will also be able to recover further evidence to support your claim including surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Georgia?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years in Georgia. This means that you will have two years from the date of your bicycle accident to file your personal injury claim. If you fail to take legal action within this time period, you may risk being permanently barred from suing. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. Give our firm a call today to get started as soon as possible.
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