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Cyclists who ride a great deal have usually seen a number of dogs on the road. Many of these canines are chained up and fenced in their yards, but others are roaming loose in the streets. Some of the dogs that are free are stray dogs, but some are pets that were never secured, which is illegal in the State of Georgia.
Many counties in Georgia have leash laws that prohibit a dog to be off a leash or not tied up to a post or a tree. If a dog is allowed to roam freely or escapes from the owners’ home or yard, the pet owners may be held responsible for any harm their dog causes.
If that dog bites or attacks a cyclist and causes that biker to suffer injuries in an Atlanta bike crash, the dog owner can be held liable for the bodily injuries that result. This means that a cyclist can bring a claim against the dog owner for negligence. Bicyclists who have been bitten or attacked can sue for damages; however, these cases are complicated and often need assistance from an Atlanta personal injury lawyer.
New legislation targets negligent pet owners
Now a proposed bill, HB 717, would tighten the penalties for negligent dog owners in Georgia. If passed into law, the bill would impose a felony sentence on owners of dogs that attack people. Many feel that this tighter penalty would make dog owners more responsible, making sure their dogs were on leashes in public or tied up properly if outside the home or yard.
If you were a victim of a Georgia dog attack leading to a bicycle accident, the dog owner may be in violation of Georgia’s leash laws. Find out if you have a case by a calling an Atlanta personal injury lawyer at Kalka & Baer to discuss your case in a free consultation.