Augusta, GA (October 11, 2018) – On Thursday afternoon at about 12:45 PM a bicyclist was struck by a car at the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Wilson Street according to sources inside the Richmond County dispatchers.
Police and an ambulance arrived quickly. It is unclear if the wet roadways played a role in the accident. The extent of the cyclist’s injuries are unknown at this time. Authorities are still investigating the crash.
Georgia Bicycle Riders
Federal statistics reflect that in 2012 over 700 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents and that number has been steadily on the rise ever since. Although it is fun and a great form of cardio exercise, riding a bike while sharing the road with cars can also be extremely dangerous. If the rider and drivers alike are not careful, a nice Sunday afternoon bike ride can result in injury or even death. In order to help prevent such a tragic event, it helps if everyone follows the rules of the road. The state of Georgia has enacted both the Safe Passing Law and the Helmet Law.
The Safe Passing Law ensures that when a motorist wishes to pass a cyclist who is travelling in the same direction and on the same road that a berth of three feet must be given until the cyclist is safely overtaken. If this means that the vehicle will momentarily take up part of the lane next to it, then the driver is responsible for using turn signals and checking blind spots just as he or she would during a standard lane change. The Helmet Law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear a properly secured helmet while they are operating a bicycle. It also states that any child who is under the age of one must be in an infant sling or a bike trailer and must also be wearing a properly secured helmet. It is also against the law for anyone in the state of Georgia to operate a bicycle while they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Peach State considers bicycles to be vehicles under the law and as such, riding a bicycle under the influence is punishable by law.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a car while riding a bike, they should contact an attorney as soon as they are able to do so. At Nye Law Group we can provide you with the experience, the dedication, and the determination to help you through the litigation process.
Please give us a call at 912-200-5230 for a free, no strings attached consultation with a licensed attorney.
Note: A variety of outsides sources including news bulletins and police reports were used to create these posts and report on the injuries involved. Due to this, the details of these accidents have not been independently confirmed by our team and writing staff. In the event that false information is included in the story, please contact us immediately with the post’s title and the incorrect information, and we will correct the content.
Disclaimer: We at Nye Law Group pride ourselves as members of our local community and strive to improve the overall safety and wellbeing of everyone in our state. Our deepest condolences go out to those injured in these accidents, and we hope that by promoting an awareness of these dangers, our community can take the steps necessary to avoid them. These posts are not a solicitation for business, and the information provided should not be mistaken as medical or legal advice.