The latest statistics show that bicyclists account for 2 percent of all traffic deaths and 2 percent of all crash-related injuries.
By law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles; however as you would expect, the cyclist is most likely to be injured if a crash occurs between the bike and a motor vehicle. Of all bike crashes, most happen in urban areas and between 6 pm and 9 pm. Men ages 20 to 24 represent the largest number of people killed in a bicycle accident.
With a mild climate year-round in Savannah, Georgia and being home to SCAD University, our city can be busy with bicyclists. Friedman and Martin, Personal Injury Attorneys, have represented many clients injured while on a bicycle. There are very specific laws in Georgia pertaining to the responsibility of both driver and pedestrian and you need an attorney familiar with these laws to handle your case.
Drivers should follow these rules.
• Yield to bicyclists as you would motorists. Bicyclists can travel at great speed so be aware of this. Be cognizant that many accidents happen when cars turn in front of a bicyclist at intersections and driveways.
• Take time to notice your surroundings and what bicycles may be near you in parking lots, when you park, back up, and at stop signs.
• Drivers turning right on red should look behind them to their right side to make sure a bicycle is not approaching.
• Always obey speed limits.
• Give cyclists the courtesy of space and don’t pass them too closely.
Cyclists should follow these rules.
• Avoid potential crashes by always being a defensive driver. Stay alert and focus and all times and be aware of the traffic around you.
• Drive in the same direction as other traffic as if you were in a car.
• Obey street signs, signals, and road markings, just like a car.
• Always look ahead to search for any hazards or situations that may cause you to fall. This could be potholes, train tracks, or any other uneven road structure.
• Always assume the other person does not see you.
• Avoid using ear buds. You need to be able to hear the sounds around you
If you have been injured on your bicycle, contact Friedman and Martin, Personal Injury Attorneys.