Newton County Bicycle Accident Attorney
Offices in Conyers, Covington & Atlanta
Riding a bicycle is a popular hobby, especially summer and spring. Many people also ride their bicycles to work, happy to be freed from the expenses of driving a vehicle. Unfortunately, cyclists are fully exposed to other traffic and usually end up with the short end of the stick after a collision.
As experienced Newton County bicycle accident attorneys, we meet with people struggling to overcome injuries suffered in a bicycle accident, and they need financial help to cover their expenses. Please contact one of our lawyers today.
How Bicycle Accidents Happen
Cyclists confront many hazards in Newton County. Some of the more serious that can cause a crash include:
- Careless motorists who are not looking for bicyclists and collide with them at intersections or on the open road.
- Distracted drivers who cannot see cyclists because they are sending or reading text messages or are otherwise distracted on the cell phone.
- Reckless drivers who misjudge a cyclist’s speed and make a turn directly in front of them.
- Pedestrians who step out in front of a cyclist.
- Road defects, such as potholes and uneven pavement, that upset the bicycle, leading to a crash.
Many cyclists are rear-ended, side swiped, or hit head on, sent flying from the bicycles where they can strike a tree, vehicle, or the road. Regardless of how the accident unfolded, many of our clients suffer terrible injuries that can take months to heal.
What to Do after a Bicycle Accident in Newton County
The steps people should take after bicycle accidents in Newton County will depend on how badly they are injured. After a horrific crash, the most a victim can do is to wait for help to arrive. However, if you can move around and are not in considerable pain, try to do the following:
- Identify any witnesses. These people can talk to your attorney later about how the accident unfolded. Get their names and contact information.
- Take pictures of the vehicle that hit you. In particular, zoom in and take a picture of the point of contact.
- Get pictures of skid marks or debris in the road which give some sense of how the accident happened.
- Obtain insurance information from the driver of the vehicle that hit you.
Also be careful about what you say to the driver. In Georgia, you can undermine your case if you say anything that suggests you are taking responsibility for the crash. For example, an apology—though well meaning—could be construed as you claiming that you are at fault for the crash, even when that is not the case. Instead, keep your conversation short and professional.
Dealing with a Concussion
Any hard blow to the head or body can cause a concussion. The brain can jiggle around inside the skull and become impaired. If you suffer a concussion, you might black out immediately for a few seconds or longer. More serious traumatic brain injuries will cause a longer period of unconsciousness.
But blacking out is not required to have a concussion. Instead, notice other more common symptoms:
- Double vision
- Slurred speech
- Impaired short-term memory
- Disrupted sleep
- Behavioral changes
If you suspect you have a concussion, go to the doctor immediately and explain what happened. Your doctor can ask you questions about your injury and might even order different tests to confirm the diagnosis.
There is no way to treat a concussion directly, though you can manage the symptoms. Your doctor might recommend bed rest to start and encourage you not to use electronics, such as the phone or television. You also need to protect your head so you do not suffer a second concussion, which can be much harder to recover from.
Your doctor might also prescribe prescription drugs for many of your symptoms, such as sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, and headaches. These can provide comfort, allowing you to rest and regain your strength.
Contact a Newton County Bicycle Accident Attorney
After a collision, you should consider your legal options. A lawsuit or settlement can get you the funds you need to cover your expenses. You should begin as soon as possible. Meeting with an experienced bicycle accident attorney is the best first step to protecting your rights to receive compensation.
At MG Law, we have helped many bicycle accident victims receive compensation by holding at-fault motorists responsible when they cause injuries. We know this area of law inside and out and can strengthen your case for compensation by finding helpful evidence for your case.
Contact us today. We offer a free initial consultation, which you can schedule by calling 678-210-6690.