Georgia is a comparative fault jurisdiction. In the state, fault is based on negligence. Essentially, that means that any party who was to blame for an accident, or who shared partial responsibility for an accident, can be held liable for the resulting damages. As we know, accidents involving automobiles and bicycles can lead to severe injury and death. Similar to other auto accidents, we must evaluate which party was negligent in a bicycle accident, and to what degree. Both drivers and cyclists are required to obey the rules of the road, so we have to analyze the circumstances in depth to determine culpability.
Driver negligence comes in many different forms. Some of the most common examples include:
speeding, running a stop sign or traffic light, drifting into the bike lane, or otherwise distracted driving (texting, for example). Of course, riders can also share the blame for a collision. Some of the most common examples of cyclist negligence include: riding the wrong way on a one-way street, running a stop sign, and turning abruptly into traffic.
Ultimately, determining who was at fault for a bike crash requires investigation into the specific circumstances surrounding the collision. As you might imagine, analyzing a stressful situation like this, which likely happened very quickly, is challenging. This is something best left to MG Law. We know the ins and outs of Georgia driving regulations, so you can trust us to get you what’s right.
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