Trusted Georgia Bicycle Accident Lawyers – Because We Are Riders
If you, a family member, or a loved-one has been injured in a bicycle accident in the Atlanta area, in Jonesboro or any place in Clayton County, Georgia, our law firm can help. We will explain your rights and be your advocate and guide through your bike injury case and settlement.
We Know Bicycle Riding!
Attorney Bruce R. Millar not only has vast experience handling bike and vehicle crash cases, Mr. Millar is an avid bicyclist himself.
Bruce and Tanita Millar are members of Clayton County’s Level-Up Bicycle Club, and ride dozens to hundreds of miles each month. Mr. Millar rides on roads and highways in Clayton County, Atlanta’s Silver Comet Trail, Stone and Aribia Mountain, The Greenway, The Atlanta Beltline, and in parks across South Atlanta. In 2019 Bruce completed the 120 mile circuit on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, a “bucket-list” item for bike enthusiasts all across America.
Our Experience with Local Georgia and Atlanta Bike Accident Cases
Over the past 29 years attorney Bruce Millar and our law firm have handled many serious bicycle injury claims and cases including wrongful death, broken bones, traumatic head injuries, road rash and internal injuries.
We are familiar with all State and local laws that may help win your bicycle accident case. If you are looking to explore and learn your legal rights and options after a bike accident, or if the other driver or rider will not offer a fair settlement, contact us for a free consultation.
Before hiring any injury law firm, we suggest doing some homework. Has the law firm handled bicycle injury cases? How often and how many? Are you dealing with an “actual” law firm or a referral network? Experience and personal attention to your case matters, especially if you have catastrophic or life-changing injuries.
Why Should You Consider Hiring Our Jonesboro Bicycle Injury Attorneys?
Bicyclists are often found at fault for accidents, even when they were operating legally. This is unfair! The truth of how these crashes happen should also be considered – many times it will depend on whether or not there was adequate visibility due to traffic conditions and other factors outside our control as riders which makes us just as responsible if not more so than a motorist.
Best First Steps to Take After Jonesboro or South Atlanta Bike Accident
We suggest calling 911, to get medical help and have a police incident report made. You or a companion should take photographs of the area and scene of the accident. Get the names of any witnesses to the crash. Get the insurance information from any involved cars or trucks. If another bicycle rider caused the collision, get the name of their homeowner’s insurance company.
Receiving Medical Care After a Bicycle Injury
Some injuries are obvious: broken bones, severe road rash, dislocated joints. You know that you should go to the emergency room right away. However, if you are suffering from disorientation, difficulty breathing, internal pain, or worsening neck, back or large joint (knee, shoulder) pain, going to the hospital or your primary care doctor is essential. Not only can it save your life in the case of internal bleeding, but it will make your case easier to prove later.
When Should You Call Our Law Firm?
After a bike accident, you or a family member should call an experienced bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. It is important to investigate as quickly as possible. We will also want to discuss your rights, options and your medical care and needs, to guide you through the settlement process.
How are Bike Accident Cases Investigated and Proven?
Our process includes gathering police, ambulance and medical reports. We will use reports, recordings, photographs, witness statements, measurements and data to investigate how the crash happened. Some common reasons that cars and trucks, and sometimes other cyclists, hit bikers include:
- Failure to yield to bicycles with the right of way
- Distracted driving, such as cell phone or internet use
- Speeding and not paying attention to riders in the road
- Failure to move-over while safely passing riders
- Not respecting or understanding bicycle hand-signals
Bicycle Accidents We Handle
We have experience handling the leading-types of bike accident cases:
- Getting struck by car doors
- Right turning accidents, where the motorist runs over a rider stopped to his or her right at an intersection
- Blind-spot accidents
- Driving too close to the fog line
Yes. If you are hit by a car, truck, motorcycle or even another bike rider, the at-fault driver or rider’s insurance can cover your bodily injuries.
The same kinds of compensation can be recovered in bicycle crash cases as in motor vehicle collisions. This means your settlement or verdict can include damage to your bike, medical expenses, lost pay, and pain and suffering.
Dangerous Roads for Bicyclists
Bicyclists have the same rights to use the roads as drivers of trucks, cars and motorbikes. Not all drivers understand this, and often are not watching for bicycle riders.
Unfortunately, the Clayton County, Georgia area is not very bike-friendly. Few of our roads and highways have dedicated bicycle lanes. This makes the town-area fairly unsafe for bike riders. To make matters worse, drivers of cars and trucks often do not understand bicycle laws, and drivers are the cause of many of these collisions.
In addition, injuries from accidents involving a car, or truck, and a bicycle are often more serious than other motor vehicle accidents because bikers are not as physically protected when a collision happens. This results in higher medical bills, longer time out of work, and in some cases, catastrophic permanent injuries.
Our Advice to You:
Bicycle accidents are not car accidents. When interviewing personal injury lawyers and law firms near you, ask lots of questions. Make sure your law firm has experience in handling Georgia bike accident cases and is familiar with local laws controlling the rules of the road for cars, trucks and bicycles. Hiring the wrong lawyer can be as devastating as the crash that injured you or your family member.