Despite the rapid rise in technology, bicycling remains a favorite pastime of children in Atlanta and all over Georgia. Kids ride their bikes on private and public property. Most parents are aware of modern safety trends, such as helmets and proper fitting and sizing for bicycles. However, children riding bikes on both private and public areas are, to some degree, reliant upon others—primarily motorists in cars and trucks—to lookout for them.
It is common knowledge that children can be injured, sometimes seriously, or even killed in bicycle accidents. These collisions may result from negligent driving of cars and trucks, improperly maintained roadways or recreational areas, or failure of protective equipment like helmets or pads. Also, bicyclists, both adults and children, often share the roads with cars, trucks, and other bikes. Under Georgia law, drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of bicyclists. This means that motorists and others on roadways must keep a proper lookout for bicyclists and give bicyclists the right of way when necessary.
Our Atlanta child injury law firm has lots of experience with all types of child injury cases, including those arising from bicycle accidents. If you suspect that someone’s negligence or a defect in your child’s bicycle, bicycle safety equipment, or a vehicle was a cause of your child’s injury, we encourage you to call our law firm.
Each year approximately 50,000 Americans are injured, and approximately 500 killed, as a result of bike wrecks and many of these people are children. Accidents involving bicyclists often result from:
- A vehicle pulling out in front of, or “cutting off,” a bicyclist
- A driver changing lanes or turning without looking for a nearby bicyclist
- A driver following a bike too closely
- A driver or another biker failing to stop at a stop sign, causing a collision. These collisions are usually a “T-bone” type because the person running the stop sign collides with the side of the biker
- A motorist driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- A driver failing to look both ways before pulling out onto the roadway and failing to see a bicyclist
What Do I Do After My Child Is Involved In An Atlanta Bicycle Accident?
If your child is involved in an accident while biking, obviously the first thing to do is seek medical assistance for the child and ensure that they are stable and well treated. With respect to preserving important information for a legal claim, the following information may be crucial:
- Names and insurance information from all individuals involved in the accident
- Names and contact information from all witnesses to any part of the wreck
- Photographs of the damage to your child’s bicycle and any injuries he or she sustained
- Photographs of the roadway and all signage around the scene of the accident
- Contact information for all responding police officers, fire fighters, and EMTs
Georgia law recognizes special provisions for bicycles, including:
- O.C.G.A. 40-1-1: Defines many crucial terms, such as bicycle, bicycle path, and bicycle lane;
- 40-6-55: Yielding right of way to a biker in a bicycle lane;
- 40-6-56: Defines “safe distance” between cars and bicycles;
- 40-6-144: Limiting bike riding on sidewalks
- 40-6-292: Setting limits on bicycle passengers—how a passenger may ride and age restrictions
- 40-6-293: Banning the use of bicycles joined to vehicles
- 40-6-294: Limiting where upon a roadway a bicyclist may ride
- 40-6-295: Limiting what may be transported by someone riding a bike
- 40-6-296: Mandating safety equipment for minor children, like helmets, and setting forth safety standards for bikes, such as lights and handlebars
- § 40-6-77: Penalties for causing serious injury due to right of way violation resulting in collision with others, including a bicyclist
- § 40-6-270: Hit and run
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Children and Car Accidents
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Kids and Bicycle Accidents
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Day Care Negligence
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Drowning Accident and Swimming Pool Injury
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Traumatic Brain Injuries
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