A Peachtree Corners man was sadly found dead in a creek early last week. A preliminary investigation seems to indicate that the man was in a biking accident. According to a police report and local news report, two women were walking around 7 a.m. when the body was found. Apparently, the man’s lifeless body was found near East Jones Bridge Road and Hallbrook Drive. His wife was contacted and identified his body at the scene of the accident.
The medical report showed that the man had been dead for many hours before the women found him. The Georgia Police’s initial investigation reveals that it may be possible that the man was hit and as a result was thrown off the sidewalk, where he hit a concrete barrier and proceeded to fall into the creek. Currently, no charges are pending, and the investigation is ongoing.
Biking Safety in Georgia
It is important that cyclists in Georgia understand some basic bicycle safety rules before embarking on any biking trips. Aside from always wearing a helmet when riding, some initial tips before biking include:
- Inspecting the wheels of the bike to make sure the rims are not dented or warped;
- Inspecting the tires to ensure that there are no cuts or holes and that they are firm;
- Making sure that the brakes, including their cables and casings, are in proper working condition;
- Ensuring that the sprocket and chain are well lubricated and in proper working condition; and
- Making sure that the pedals, seat, and handlebars are properly adjusted and secured to the bike.
However, even when people follow these safety rules, there is always the possibility that they can still be involved in a biking accident due to no fault of their own. If an individual is injured in a biking accident, they may be able to bring a claim against the party that caused their accident.
Establish Negligence in Biking Accidents
If the biker followed the above stated rules, their likelihood of recovery will be increased because the driver who hit them will not be as likely to succeed in claiming that the biker was somehow negligent in the accident. For example, if a biker is hit and killed in an accident with a car, the driver’s insurance company may wish to look at the bike itself to see if it can somehow escape liability. If the insurance company is able to point to a problem with the bike that, had it been in proper working order, would have allowed the biker to avoid the accident, the driver (and their insurance company) may be able to escape liability. To learn more about how to effectively set up a case for financial recovery in a Georgia court of law, set up an appointment with a dedicated Georgia personal injury attorney.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Biking Accident?
If you or someone you know has been injured in a bike accident, you may consider bringing a claim against the culpable party. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injury. This compensation includes damages for your past medical bills and future medical expenses related to your injuries. Furthermore, it may be possible for you to collect damages for your pain and suffering and potentially even punitive damages. This generally applies in cases where the wrongdoer was particularly egregious in their behavior. It is highly recommended that you contact an attorney to determine your rights and remedies. Contact Miller Legal Services at 770-284-3727 to schedule a free initial consultation.
See Related Blog Posts
Georgia Truck Accident Kills Three in the Same Family, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, December 17, 2014.
Officers Searching For Truck in Georgia Hit-and-Run, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, January 21, 2015.