When going out to ride your bicycle, you may never stop to think that an animal, particularly a dog, could pose a danger to your health and cause you to crash. Unless you have been presented with this situation, you may not think about it actually occurring. Although rare in comparison to the frequency of car and bicycle accidents, it does happen.
Imagine that you are riding down a street, when all of a sudden a dog appears in front of you. You have no time to react, swerve, or stop. You either hit the dog and crash or you swerve, causing a Georgia bicycle crash. You may hit your head on the ground and suffer serious injuries. Or, the dog may try to attack or bite you after you fall.
Who is going to pay for your injuries?
If you live in a county with leash ordinances, then you may be able to sue the dog's owner for negligence. In counties that follow these leash laws, owners of dogs are not supposed to allow them to roam free. In fact, dogs are supposed to be tied up outside, fenced in, or walked on a leash.
Because these cases can be complicated, it is in your best interest to hire a Georgia bicycle accident attorney. Your case will need to be investigated, and the history of the dog will need to be looked into to see if the dog has ever bitten a person before.
When dogs are not on leashes, they can present a real danger to bicyclists and cause bicycle accidents in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia. You may miss time away from work, incur medical bills, and have to go through physical therapy due to the injuries you sustain in your bicycle crash. You should not have to pay for a dog owner's negligent actions.
If you were attacked by a dog, which led to an Atlanta bicycle accident, you may have legal rights to pursue compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced
Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer at Kalka & Baer following your Georgia bicycle accident.
In addition, as a FREE gift, you can request a copy of attorney Tony Kalka's book, Sharing the Road and Surviving the Crash. This book can be easily downloaded at our website, and it provides tips and information on what to do and what not to do following a bicycle crash in Georgia.