Bicycles are often a convenient and cost-effective mode of transportation for individuals living in Georgia. Unfortunately, it only takes a moment for a negligent driver’s actions to turn catastrophic or even deadly for a bicyclist. If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash, a Georgia bicycle accident lawyer from the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm can help.
Attorney Ali Awad has made his mark as one of the youngest attorneys to bring a brand new firm from nothing to 8-figures in three short years! He and his team will lend their expertise to your case, helping you focus on the factors that matter most when it comes to earning settlements. We are prepared to help you recover as fully as possible from your bicycle accident and understand the stressors you are experiencing due to the accident. Let us help you take the appropriate steps to ease the situation and fight for your right to compensation for your accident-related losses.
Why Accident Victims Need a Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you may not know who to turn to for help. If you pursue a claim through the driver’s liability insurance policy, you could find that the company is more focused on protecting its profits than helping you get the compensation you need to recover. Insurance companies do not want to pay out large settlements or admit fault. They want to keep their costs low and undermine your ability to claim all of your losses.
To recover as fully as possible, it is imperative to work with an injury attorney. The sooner you contact Ali Awad Law after an accident, the stronger your case against the driver will be. If you wait, vital evidence could be lost, and accounts of the incident could change.
If you are uncertain if whether you should pursue a claim, here are some situations where it is undoubtedly clear legal representation is in the accident victims best interest:
Being accused of contributing fault to the accident
Even if your situation does not fall into one of those categories, we can still evaluate your claim and help you determine how best to proceed based on your unique circumstances.
How Ali Awad Law Can Help After a Bicycle Accident
There are numerous benefits to seeking help from a lawyer after a bicycle accident. To start, if you contact an attorney within 24 hours of your accident, they can send out expert accident-scene investigators to conduct independent analyses of the crash scene. The information gathered could be imperative in proving fault on behalf of the negligent driver.
If your injuries are significant and you are having trouble reaching the proper medical specialists, your lawyer can help with that as well. You could receive prompt medical attention from specialists who are fully aware of what you will need to do to recover as much as possible.
Bicycle Accidents in Georgia
In Georgia, bicyclists and pedestrians are considered non-motorists. Bicycle accidents are more common in urban areas like Atlanta, Savannah, and Augusta. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, 21 bicycle accidents in 2019 resulted in fatalities. While non-motorist traffic accidents only accounted for 0.4% of all car accidents, they accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities.
In regard to cost, motor vehicle bicyclist-related hospitalizations and emergency room charges totaled $17 million for Georgia residents in 2019. If you were injured in a crash and are watching the medical bills roll in, it is important to learn about your legal rights and options as soon as possible.
Common Types of Bicycle Accidents and Injuries
The type of bicycle accident you are in can say a lot about what happened and who is liable for your injuries. Not every kind of accident is clear-cut, though, so your lawyer will perform a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of what happened.
Most bicycle accidents occur when a cyclist is crossing a vehicle’s path. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that nearly 30 percent of bicycle accidents involve bicycles crossing vehicles’ paths. This happens in and out of crosswalks. Even when a bicyclist takes the necessary precautions when riding through or near traffic, a moment of driver inattention can result in a serious collision.
The second-most common bicycle crash type involves the left hook. This is when a vehicle turning left fails to yield to a bicyclist in an oncoming lane. In some instances, the vehicle collides directly with the cyclist. In other cases, drivers cut cyclists off and cause a crash. Left-turn crashes are considered particularly deadly because they often involve vehicles traveling at high speeds.
The right hook is another type of common bicycle accident. This happens when a vehicle traveling in the same direction as a bicycle turns right at an intersection and collides with the bike and its rider in the nearby lane.
Other common causes of bicycle accidents in Georgia include the following:
In regard to bicycle accident injuries, contusions, lacerations, broken bones, head injuries, and traumatic internal injuries are common. In order to maximize your chance at physical recovery, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately following a collision. Your doctor will conduct a thorough evaluation to properly diagnose your injuries and help you establish a treatment plan moving forward.
No matter the cause of your bicycle accident or the event of your injuries, our attorneys are here to make sure you get the legal guidance you need to make the best decisions for your future.
Filing a Claim After a Bicycle Accident
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim after a bicycle accident, get in touch with an attorney. Even in the simplest of cases, it is often best to discuss your case with a lawyer so you learn about what you may be entitled to and what laws apply to your claim.
If you choose to move forward with a claim, you will likely file it against the allegedly at-fault driver’s insurance company. To be successful, you need to present a strong case. An aspect of your injury claim involves proving negligence on behalf of the driver who hit you. To present a successful claim, there are four elements you must prove:
Duty of care — All motor vehicle drivers must share the road responsibly
Breached duty — The driver failed to abide by their duty
Causation — The driver’s failed responsibility resulted in your accident
Injuries — You sustained injuries and losses as a result of the accident
In addition to proving fault, your lawyer will also value your claim based on your losses. While most bicycle accidents resolve through negotiations via a settlement, there is a chance you could need to pursue a lawsuit to receive the compensation you deserve. If that is the case, our attorneys are here to guide you through the lawsuit process and fight on your behalf to achieve a favorable verdict. While proceeding with a lawsuit will extend the time it takes to resolve your legal matters, obtaining all of the compensation you need to recover is often worth it.
Maximize Your Recovery With an Attorney
It is important to consider the total scope of your losses when valuing a bicycle accident claim. The value of your bicycle accident claim is based on your total damages. Damages include both financial losses and compensation for physical pain and emotional distress. There may also be additional damages for intangible losses.
Common types of compensation victims request include the following:
Emergency room bills
Ambulance transport costs
Scarring or permanent disability
Loss of enjoyment of life
While determining the economic damages to your claim is as straightforward as adding up all of your financial losses, non-economic damages are more complex. Valuing your pain and suffering depends upon the activities you are unable to perform, as well as the amount of documentation used to prove how this pain and debilitation affected your day-to-day.
When you work with a Georgia bicycle accident lawyer, you can rest assured that your case will be appropriately valued. They will take the necessary steps to ensure you receive full and fair compensation for your losses.
Contact the CEO Lawyer in Georgia After Your Bicycle Accident
Drivers owe each other, pedestrians, and bicyclists a duty of care behind the wheel. When that duty is breached, and someone is injured, the negligent driver should be held accountable for their actions. A Georgia bicycle accident lawyer from the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm is ready to stand up for you if you have been injured.
Accident victims have every right to understand their legal options after a crash. With an experienced attorney by your side, you will be on the fast track to receiving the compensation you need to get your life back in order. Remember: the sooner you contact us after an accident, the better your chances are of maximizing your compensation.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our law firm when you are ready by calling (833) 254-2923 or contacting us online. We have a high success rate with our personal injury clients, and we are prepared to take your case on to help you get back to your normal life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney?
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process.
Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today.
We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.
Speak to an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, you should not hesitate to speak with the experienced attorneys at CEO Lawyer personal injury law firm. Call, email, or fill out our online contact form today so that we can begin helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.