Atlanta bicycle accidents often result because of a car or other vehicle. However, some bicycle accidents occur due to road hazards.
Potholes can be up to ten inches deep, making them a definite road hazard. They can be a nuisance to drivers of automobiles, causing damage to tires. Potholes also can be problematic for bicyclists.
When a bicyclist hits a pothole on a paved road, the bowl-shaped opening in the road can cause the individual to flip over the handlebars. If this occurs, a bicyclist can suffer the following injuries:
- Broken shoulder
- Broken arms and legs
- Fractured hip
- Head trauma
- Knee injuries
- Elbow injuries
- And more
If you sustain one of these injuries in an Atlanta bicycle accident, you could require surgery to repair the damage.
Who is responsible for bicycle accidents caused by potholes?
The city, county, or public agency that maintains the street may be responsible if the individuals in charge knew about the pothole but didn't do anything about it. If a specific organization knew that the pothole was there and didn't repair it for a number of days, then it may be liable for a cyclist's injuries. It also may be liable if it fixed the pothole but the repair work was done poorly or cracked again too soon.
For help with your Atlanta bicycle accident case, you need to speak with an experienced Georgia bicycle accident attorney.