The Dennis Law Firm
As traffic in the Atlanta-metropolitan area gets progressively worse, more people are getting out of their cars and riding bicycles to various destinations. Because Georgia treats bicycles as vehicles, cyclist risks being seriously injured in a traffic accident. Atlanta bicycle attorney has the experience to get you or your loved one the compensation and treatment you deserve.
Georgia like many states treats bicycles as “vehicles.” Therefore, traffic laws that govern motor vehicles also apply to bicycles. The only applicable exception is when the code or regulation specifically uses the term “motor vehicle” rather than “vehicle.” In that case, the language indicates bicycles are exempt.
REQUIRMENTS UNDER THE OFFICIAL CODE OF GEORGIA ANNOTATED (O.C.G.A.)
- OCGA 40-6-296 § No person under the age of 16 shall operate a bicycle without wearing a helmet.
- OCGA §40-6-294- Requires cyclists to ride “as far to the right side of the roadway as practicable” and “with the flow of traffic.”
- OCGA § 40-6-55- Where a bicycle lane is provided on the roadway, the operator of a motor vehicle must yield to a person operating a bicycle in the bicycle lane.
- OCGA § 40-6-296- When riding at night, your bike must be equipped with a front white light visible from 300 feet and a red reflector on the rear.
- O.C.G.A. § 40-6-292: A child under the age of one year may not ride as a passenger on a bicycle but may ride seated in a bicycle trailer or carried in an infant sling.
- O.C.G.A.§ 4-6-294: Persons riding bicycles on the roadway CAN NOT ride more than two abreast except on bicycle paths, bicycle lanes, parts of the roadway set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, or when a special permit is issued by a local government.
The Dennis Law Firm will fight for justice every step of the way, and we won’t shy away from taking your case to trial if that is the right approach for your case. If you or a family member has been injured in a bicycle accident, call us today at 844.913.4448 or contact us online for a free case evaluation, and allow us to explain how you can use the law to get the compensation and treatment you deserve.