Whether you are riding a bike for exercise, as a way to relax, or in your daily commute, cyclists should take extra care to ensure their safety and avoid a bike accident. Bike riders account for more than 2 percent of all auto fatalities, most of which could have been avoided by using these five bicycle road safety tips.
- Choose the Right Bike for You
Adhering to bicycle road safety can be futile without a properly safe bike. Using the correctly-sized bike, adjusted to fit your height, allows you to maintain maximum control while riding. Make sure the bike is in no need of repair, shifts easily, and brakes well.
- Always Wear a Helmet
Regardless if you’re going around the corner or heading out on a hundred mile ride, always wear a helmet. Helmets should fit snugly and not move when you shake your head. Proper and consistent use of bicycle helmets has been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent.
- Be as Visible as Possible
Wear clothing and accessories to make you more visible to others. Bright clothing (during the day), reflective vests, belts and jackets, a white front light and red rear light …
What Steps Should You Take if You Are Injured in a Bike Accident?
Cycling accidents can be especially dangerous because there is little protection on a bike, particularly when it encounters a car. If while on your bike you get into an accident with a car, your injuries can be severe. What you do immediately after the accident can have a big impact on the recovery you get for injuries and property damage. Read the steps below to learn a bit more about what steps you should take after an accident, why it is so important to work with an Atlanta bicycle wreck attorney (such as the experienced Georgia Bike Crash attorneys at Stokes and Kopitsky) and your legal rights in general.
- Attend to Your Injuries – Immediately after the accident, pay attention to any possible injuries and make sure you attend to them as soon as possible.
- Wait for Law Enforcement – It is vital that you wait for police to arrive at the scene of the accident. They will file an accident report and take down all information. This is vital even if you do not think you are injured. Sometimes minor problems turn into severe injuries, and
A 50-year-old bicyclist was recently killed in a Brunswick traffic wreck. According to Corporal Chad Gray of the Georgia State Patrol, the former Waycross resident was riding his bicycle on Georgia 303 in Glynn County near the Turtle River Bridge after dark when he was struck by a southbound car. Following the wreck, the bicyclist was allegedly transported via emergency helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah. Unfortunately, the 50-year-old reportedly died the next day as a result of the injuries he sustained in the bicycle accident.
Although the exact cause of the fatal collision is currently under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, the motorist who hit the bicyclist is not expected to face charges in connection with the incident. Gray stated the deceased man was wearing dark clothing while riding a dark bicycle that was not equipped with lights or other safety features beyond reflectors attached to the bike pedals. Gray also added that a witness claims he, too, almost struck the man a few moments before the deadly crash. He cautioned bicyclists across the State of Georgia to ensure that they equip their bicycles with reflectors and headlights.
Like most states, the general traffic laws that govern …
A Henry County teenager was recently killed by a police cruiser while riding a bicycle. According to Henry County Police Sergeant Joey Smith, the fatal accident occurred when a 14-year-old child rode his bike out of a driveway onto North Ola Road and into the path of an oncoming law enforcement officer. The 35-year-old driver of the police cruiser was purportedly unable to stop before striking the boy. Following the collision, the teen was reportedly taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston via medical helicopter with serious injuries. Sadly, Henry County Coroner Donald Cleveland stated the child later died as a result of the wounds he sustained in the bicycle accident.
The crash is currently being investigated by members of the Georgia State Patrol. In addition, the officer who allegedly struck the boy is reportedly on leave pending the results of the investigation. Smith stated the officer was distraught, but uninjured in the collision. Apparently, the middle school student was not wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the wreck.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that 630 bicyclists died and approximately 51,000 were injured in a traffic wreck in the United States in 2009. …
A 55-year-old man was recently killed in a hit-and-run bicycle accident in Marietta. According to a representative from the Marietta Police Department, the bicyclist was headed north on Powder Springs Street near Natchez Trace around 7:45 pm when he was hit by a black sport utility vehicle (SUV). Crash witnesses reportedly stated the driver of the SUV did not stop and instead continued heading north towards downtown Marietta. Although emergency responders purportedly took the injured man to Kennestone Hospital, the 55-year-old later died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the collision.
The deadly hit-and-run bicycle accident is currently being investigated by the Marietta Police Department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program. Law enforcement officers are reportedly on the lookout for a “vehicle and driver of interest” captured on a nearby surveillance camera immediately before the crash.
Bicycle riders in Georgia are required to adhere to the same traffic laws as motor vehicles. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated states bicyclists under the age of 16 must wear a safety helmet at all times. Additionally, traffic laws state that bicycle riders must ride as far to the right as possible when traveling on streets in the State of Georgia. Bicyclists …
A Brantley County teenager was recently killed while riding his bicycle on Georgia 110 near Atkinson. According to Captain Wade Bennett of the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office, the child was struck from behind before he was catapulted into a nearby ditch. Bennett said the accident occurred when the child switched lanes to avoid a car and rode directly into the path of a Chevrolet Suburban. The Brantley County High School freshman was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.
Bennett stated the exact cause of the deadly accident is now under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. In addition, he said no charges have yet been filed against the driver of either vehicle. The 14-year-old South Georgia boy was apparently riding his bicycle near his home when the daytime collision occurred.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, Georgia is the sixth deadliest state for bicyclists. In 2009, 630 bicycle riders were killed and an estimated 51,000 were hurt in a traffic wreck across the United States. The University of Georgia’s Survey Research Center found that about 13 percent of Georgia residents use a bicycle at least once every month and about 81 percent said they would …
A Canton man allegedly sustained life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Cumming Highway in Canton. According to Lieutenant Jeff Tucker of the Canton Police Department, 66-year-old Louis Phillips was headed west on his bicycle when he was struck by a westbound Chevrolet pick-up truck near the on-ramp to Interstate 575. Following the crash, paramedics reportedly transported Phillips to Marietta’s WellStar Kennestone Hospital via emergency helicopter where he remains hospitalized in critical condition.
The exact cause of the injury accident is currently under investigation by the Canton Police Department. Tucker stated the driver of the pick-up remained at the scene of the accident after colliding with the bicyclist. Tucker also said Phillips was not wearing a safety helmet at the time of the wreck. Sadly, the reportedly avid bicyclist was previously involved in a severe injury accident on the same roadway several years ago.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data found that 630 bicyclists were killed and approximately 51,000 riders were injured in a crash with a car, truck, or other vehicle throughout the country in 2009. Unfortunately, Georgia is reportedly the sixth deadliest state for individuals who travel on a bicycle. Although …
A 31-year-old pastor was reportedly killed while headed north on his bicycle on U.S. 41 near Red Top Mountain in Bartow County. According to Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief Sandy Turner, Andrew Pray of Dallas, Georgia was critically injured when he was struck by a northbound charter bus while riding along the highway. Following the collision, emergency responders transported Pray by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta where he later died. Pray was reportedly wearing a safety helmet and obeying all traffic laws at the time of the tragic accident.
Emerson Police Department Chief Stan Bradley said the brand new bus was carrying only a driver and a mechanic. According to Bradley, the driver, 77-year-old George Carroll, told police he did not see the bicyclist on the roadway. After the fatal collision, Carroll was taken into custody and charged with second degree vehicular homicide and following too closely. He was later released from the Bartow County Jail after posting an unspecified bond.
In general, bicyclists in Georgia must adhere to the same traffic laws as motor vehicles. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated requires bicyclists under the age of 16 to wear a safety helmet at all times. …
Neil Kopitsky has been a racing cyclist since 1986 and an attorney representing injured people in Georgia since 1995. When he first heard about a pending bill for a law called the “Three-Foot Law” or the “Three-Foot Bill,” he was skeptical. This bill, if it becomes law, will require cars to keep three feet between themselves and a bicycle when passing. However, Neil originally felt that as a racing cyclist, he could ride a straight line and did not need three feet between his bike and a car – he just needed cars to stay far enough away not to hit him. He was also concerned that the law would generate hostility in drivers. However, he says, “as I have talked to people about this, my opinion has changed 180 degrees,” and he now supports the bill and encourages other bicyclists to support it as well.
As an injury attorney, Neil has represented many cyclists. He’s found that the second most common car-cycle collision occurs because the car either hit the cyclist from behind, or sideswiped the cyclist when passing. Even though bicyclists might not need the three extra feet, the fact is that cars do.
A three-foot cushion would …
Bicycling safety starts with your local bike shop. Here are just a few of the ways the bike shop can make cycling safer for you:
1. First, your local bike shop can tell you where and when the local rides are for people of your speed and experience level. Cycling will be both more enjoyable and safer if you ride with a group of people who are at your level. Racing cyclist and Georgia injury lawyer Neil Kopitsky, who has represented bicyclists injured by motorists for over fifteen years, says he has never had a case where a cyclist who was riding with at least three or four other people was hit by a motor vehicle. There is absolutely safety in numbers, and knowing where to find organized rides that fit your level of riding speed and experience is the first step.
2. Second, your local bike shop can make sure your helmet fits correctly, so it can protect you from head trauma if you are in a collision. Bike shops are experts on helmet fit.
3. Your bike shop can help you select a good bike that fits you. A bike that is too big is very dangerous, so …