Bicycle accidents in Georgia and throughout the United States happen for a number of reasons, including cars sideswiping cyclists, vehicles rear-ending bicyclists, bicycles hitting potholes or other road hazards, and more.
Railroad tracks also have the potential for injuring bicyclists, yet they are not given much attention in terms of bicycle safety. However, if a cyclist encounters rail tracks, the individual risks injury if the rail tracks are not laid out properly or there are other hidden dangers.
The wheel of a bicycle can get caught between the rail and road spaces, which can throw a cyclist to the ground or out into traffic, causing a Georgia bicycle crash. When this happens, serious injuries or even death can occur. Although this type of crash is rare, it does occur. Cyclists need to be aware of the potential dangers of railroad tracks.
When tracks run perpendicular to the road, they are generally not dangerous to cyclists. But if the tracks run in the direction of traffic, are at an angle, or cross at a curve, they can pose a danger to cyclists.
A Georgia bicycle accident attorney would know to check the position of the railroad tracks that caused an accident. Also, a skilled lawyer would look to see if the rails are still in use or considered dangerous. If the rails are no longer in use, the entity responsible should have removed them, covered them up, or placed sufficient warning signs to let the public and cyclists know about the potential dangers.
You also can request a free copy of attorney Tony Kalka's book,Sharing the Road and Surviving the Crash, which can help you through the aftermath of your bicycle crash.