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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia is a great place to ride bikes. In fact, Athens was one of only nine Georgia communities to receive a Bronze Award from The League of American Bicyclists for being a bicycle friendly community: Community Awards

Unfortunately, however, the Report Card issued with the Award indicates that Athens ranks rather poorly in safety, scoring only 2 out of 10 in promoting safety and protecting bicyclists’ rights. One of the key outcomes used by LAB to measure safety noted over 330 crashes per 10,000 bicycle commuters in the Athens community. This statistic can be improved by holding inattentive drivers responsible and enforcing safe biking laws.

Bikes Have Rights!
Bicycles often have the right of way when lawfully operating on Georgia roadways. (See OCGA § 40-6-294) And, yes, that means that vehicles must often yield to bikes. Too often, however, drivers of automobiles fail to abide by the law, and assume bikes must always yield. When they do and injuries result, the drivers can be held accountable.

When the operator of a motor vehicle in Georgia commits a right of way violation which results in a collision with a bicyclist that causes serious bodily injury, the driver is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable under the law. And, the punishment escalates dramatically for a second or third offense. (See OCGA § 40-6-77)

A negligent driver can also be held liable in civil court for all economic and non-economic injuries and damages suffered by the cyclist as a result of the car driver’s negligence. Therefore, if you have been injured while riding a bicycle you should consult an experienced bicycle injury attorney to determine if you have the right to recover from the at-fault driver or his insurance carrier for all of your pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other losses you have suffered.

Who has the Right of Way?

Many bicycle accidents occur when a vehicle turns into the path of an oncoming bike. For example, a car passes a bicycle and then almost immediately turns right, directly into the bike’s path. Determining who is at fault for such a collision requires an analysis of the accident scene, the traffic patterns and the laws governing the right of way for that particular situation. If you have been injured in such an accident, you may have a right to recover. Please contact one of our attorneys by phone or online to discuss your potential case.

Share the Road!

Many bicycle accidents occur when automobile drivers get frustrated and pass a bicycle in an unsafe or reckless manner. When they do, they are breaking Georgia law. A vehicle driver who decides to pass a bicycle which is lawfully operating on a Georgia roadway must do so at a “safe distance.” What does that mean? In Georgia it means not less than three (3) feet away from the bike. And, the driver must maintain that distance until they have safely passed the overtaken bicycle. (See OCGA § 40-6-56) When automobiles fail to pass at a safe distance, accidents can happen. If this has happened to you and you suffered injuries as a result, you may have a legal right to recover. Please call one of our attorneys to discuss your bicycle injury case.

Laws for Safe Cycling

In order to ride safely, it is important for bicycle operators to know the law. This means learning what you can and cannot lawfully do on your bike as you travel Georgia’s roadways. For example, any person operating a bicycle in a bicycle lane shall ride in the same direction as traffic on the roadway. (See OCGA § 40-6-294(f)) And, it is against the law in Georgia to allow a person to ride upon the handlebars. (See OCGA § 40-6-292(a))

There are many online resources available where you can educate yourself about these and other bike safety laws. The bicycle right-of-way laws in Georgia are generally set forth in OCGA § 40-6-294. In addition, the Georgia Governor’s Office on Highway Safety has some great resources which can be found at Bicycle Safety in Georgia. It is important to educate yourself before you ride so you can stay safe.

Make the Roads Safe
Even the community where you live may have an obligation to make biking safer by keeping the roads safe. Since bikes are required to ride near the right side of the roadway where most sewer grates are located, the legislature passed a law which requires each county and municipal corporation to install all newly located grates on public roadways so as to accommodate bicycle traffic. This law is designed to prevent the addition of sewer grates with parallel bars where a bike tire might easily slide through, causing a crash. (See OCGA § 36-60-5) If this has happened to you, we might be able to help.

Bicycle accidents often cause serious injuries

The weight of an average car or light truck in the United States exceeds 4,000 pounds. Consequently, motor vehicle versus bicycle accidents often result in serious injuries to the bike rider. And along with the physical injuries come medical expenses, lost wages and other life-altering consequences. Often your only source of financial recovery is to bring a negligence claim against the at-fault driver or their insurance company. Doing so effectively requires the assistance of experienced legal counsel.

If you or someone you know has been struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle and suffered injuries as a result, please give us a call or contact us online for a free evaluation of your potential bicycle injury case.

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2919 Professional Pkwy

Augusta, GA, 30907

Phone: (706) 432-8320

Athens

325 North Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA, 30601

Phone: (706) 227-4264

Atlanta

3333 Piedmont Rd NE, #2050

Atlanta, GA, 30305

Phone: (404) 736-9282

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The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Mark B. Williamson

Mark B. Williamson has been engaged in a civil litigation practice since 1997, both at the trial and appellate court levels, focusing primarily on personal injury related cases. The personal injury litigation focuses on the representation of individuals who have been injured or damaged as the result of automobile accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, and workplace injuries.

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Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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I have known Thomas Burnside and his family for years as I grew up with Thomas. I have recently had the pleasure of meeting his partner, Mark Williamson. There is an aphorism that I have found to be universally true, "A company is known by its people." Thomas, Mark and their staff are great people. I have leaned on Thomas for legal advice not related to his expertise and he has referred me to others who have taken good care of my personal and business interests.

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Jennifer Malonjao

Burnside Law Firm LLP is one of the best law firms in Augusta. Before starting my lawsuit I checked out a few places and Burnside felt to be the best. They did not let me down. Mr. Mark Williamson was my attorney and throughout my entire case he was extremely easy to talk to and I felt like I was treated like a person, and not just a check. He worked very hard on my case and I feel as if I could not have received the settlement I did with anyone else. He made sure my husband and I knew everything that was going on throughout the entire process. I will always recommend Burnside to anyone that needs legal assistance. The entire staff is very friendly and welcoming from your first step in the door on day one to your last step out the door when your case is complete. I am beyond satisfied.

Joseph Mitchell

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Alexander Hughes

Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

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Augusta

2919 Professional Pkwy

Augusta, GA, 30907

Phone: (706) 432-8320

Athens

325 North Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA, 30601

Phone: (706) 227-4264

Atlanta

3333 Piedmont Rd NE, #2050

Atlanta, GA, 30305

Phone: (404) 736-9282