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Bicyclists Have the Same Rights as Motorists

Bicyclists Have the Same Rights as Motorists

Atlanta Injury Blog > 2012 > November > Bicyclists Have the Same Rights as Motorists

Although more and more people are beginning to ride their bikes around town, not all motorists, or bicyclists for that matter, are familiar with the laws pertaining to bicycles and their riders. The state of Georgia legally classifies a bicycle as a vehicle. Due to that fact, bicyclists have the same general rights as motorists, which also gives them the same responsibilities. In other words, vehicles must share the road with bicycles. In turn, bicyclists must obey the rules of the road, such as stopping at stop signs or red lights, yielding to oncoming traffic, and more. When a bicyclist is walking their bicycle, they are considered to be a pedestrian and those particular laws apply.

In a recent bicycle accident, just outside of Atlanta, a bicyclist reportedly tried to cross the street against the red light. As a result, he was struck and killed by an oncoming motorist. Emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene. In cases where there is a fatality, it may be difficult to confirm exactly what caused the accident. Sometimes there is only one person's account of the accident, and investigating officials may or may not do further investigation into whether other factors contributed to the accident and resultant injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, we advise you consult with a personal injury lawyer at The Kalka Law Group as soon as possible. Our firm has extensive experience representing clients facing all manner of bicycle accidents and other personal injury accidents. We understand how physically, financially and emotionally devastating it can be after sustaining serious injuries from a bicycle accident. That is why our firm is here to work with you closely, thoroughly investigate your case, evaluate the best course of action to pursue, and provide you with the representation you need.

As a bicyclist you have rights. We are here to help you protect those rights. Contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney at our firm today in order to schedule a confidential consultation.


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