Savannah Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Riding a bicycle is a great way to get exercise, get around town, and even get to work. But as a bicyclist, you’re at a serious risk of suffering severe injuries if you’re involved in an accident with a car. Too often, bicyclists like you are injured by drivers who fail to look before entering intersections, changing lanes, or even opening their car doors.
At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, we know that bicyclists who are struck by vehicles often face expensive medical bills and long recovery times—and they may not be able to go back to work for weeks, months, or even years. Our attorneys are avid cyclists. They ride many times each week and understand the obligations of cyclists and drivers.
If you or a loved one were injured by a negligent driver while riding a bicycle, it’s important that you get an experienced legal team on your side. We’ve assisted victims like you for nearly 20 years, and we know what it takes to win. Get in touch with our Savannah bike injury attorneys today—call 1-800-396-5368 or complete a free online contact form to get started now.
What Causes Vehicles to Strike Cyclists?
The best protection bicyclists can have against serious injury is a helmet that fits properly and is certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cyclists can also protect themselves by being aware of some common causes of accidents involving other vehicles.
The injury lawyers at Owens & Mulherin have assisted many bicycle accident victims in Georgia, and we know what it takes to build strong claims for bicyclists by a variety of driver errors, such as:
- Failing to give bicyclists room and respect on the road
When you bike on a road without dedicated bike lanes, you may have to ride near traffic. Drivers are supposed to give bicyclists the same respect and attention that they give other vehicles, but they often fail to do so. That can result in drivers crowding you, following you too closely, speeding up to pass you without changing lanes, or even running you off the road.
- Making left turns in front of bicyclists
As a bicyclist, you’re at your most vulnerable at intersections or near turn lanes where vehicles can make left turns directly in front of your path. Some drivers are accustomed to looking for other cars, trucks, and SUVs when making left turns—not bicycles and motorcycles. As a result, they may not see you approaching them as they turn into the intersection or street.
- Opening car doors without looking
Whether you’re on a narrow city street or in a parking lot, you can be seriously injured if drivers or passengers open their doors as you approach their vehicles. This collision—known as “dooring”—is common in urban areas and is caused when drivers and passengers don’t check before opening vehicle doors. The risk is compounded when bike lanes are installed adjacent to designated street parking areas.
These are just a few examples of common accidents that involve passenger vehicles and bicycles. Regardless of how your bicycle accident occurred, our Savannah bicycle accident attorneys can investigate and work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Savannah Attorneys Who Know Georgia Bicycle Accident Laws
After your bicycle accident, you may be suffering from chronic, debilitating pain—and you may even be unable to earn the paycheck you depend on. After you report your accident, you may receive an initial settlement offer from the insurance company. However, there’s a good chance that it will be a “lowball” settlement that won’t reflect the full value of your claim.
When you contact the Savannah bicycle accident lawyers at Owens & Mulherin, we’ll determine your current and future medical expenses and lost wages, and we’ll make sure the insurance company knows that you deserve a fair settlement.
Don’t wait to get experienced help after your bicycle accident. Dial 1-800-396-5368 or fill out an online contact form. At our firm, our initial consultations are always free, and you don’t have to pay us if we don’t get you money for you. That’s our No Fee Guarantee®.