Augusta Bicycle Accident Lawyer

When you’ve suffered a serious bike accident, you need an approachable, experienced attorney who can ease your mind and represent your interests.

Contact M. Austin Jackson, an Augusta law firm with a reputation for helping injured cyclists in Georgia and South Carolina get back on their feet. We have deep roots in this community, and we’re completely dedicated to helping our neighbors receive justice and fair compensation, and start on the road to recovery.

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If you were hit by a car while cycling in Georgia or South Carolina, M. Austin Jackson will guide you through your next steps and offer compassionate legal support along the way.

We know the uncertainty you’re facing after a bicycle accident, and our experienced team is here to provide clarity. As your Augusta advocates, we want to help you collect damages for your injuries and ease your path to recovery.

When you work with M. Austin Jackson, you’ll receive our full attention and dedication every time you call or visit our office. First, we’ll listen carefully to your story to understand what you’re going through. Then, we’ll build a strong case on your behalf, so you can focus on healing and getting back to the activities you love as soon as possible.

Let us be your partner in recovery.

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We understand the challenges our clients are facing, and we know how to secure results on their behalf.

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We charge our clients nothing until we secure them a financial recovery.

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Not only is our practice based in Augusta, GA, but so are we. We live right where our clients are.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, reach out to us today for a free consultation.

Your Rights After a Bicycle Accident in Augusta

Often, bicycle accidents are caused by distracted or negligent drivers. If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you have the legal right to seek compensation from the liable party.

Even if you’re not sure whether the accident was your fault, you may still be able to pursue damages. If you’re unsure who was at fault, reach out to an Augusta bicycle accident attorney today!

The compensation you receive may cover:

  • Medical bills
  • Damage to your bike and personal property (cell phone, helmet, backpack, glasses, etc.)
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering resulting from the accident
  • And more

As a local Aiken-Augusta firm, we work closely with injured cyclists, ensuring we leave no stone unturned in their case. While you heal from your injuries, M. Austin Jackson has your back.

Do I Have a Bicycle Accident Claim?

Georgia and South Carolina both follow the doctrine of modified comparative negligence. Simply put, this means that:

  • In Georgia, cyclists must be less than 50 percent at fault for their accident to recover damages.
  • In South Carolina, cyclists must be less than 51 percent at fault for their accident to recover damages.

In both states, cyclists are expected to follow the same rules and regulations as other motor vehicles.

If a driver’s negligence caused your accident, you may be able to claim damages. To prove negligence and receive damages for your injuries, the following four factors must be true:

  • The driver owed you a duty.
  • The driver breached that duty.
  • The breach of duty caused your accident.
  • You sustained injuries as a result of the driver’s actions.

You’ll also need strong evidence to support your case. This evidence can include medical records, accident reports, photographs of the accident scene, witness statements, and other relevant documentation. Once you’ve established the extent of your injuries and damages, you’ll have a better idea of your claim.

As an Augusta native, M. Austin Jackson knows the local laws, regulations, and roads like the back of his hand. He also has extensive knowledge of what cyclists need to do to recover damages for their injuries. When you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, we’re here to simplify the legal process so you can receive justice and fair reimbursement.

Do I Need an Attorney After Being Hit by a Car While Cycling?

If your injuries are minor, you may be able to handle the insurance claim without an attorney. However, if your injuries are severe and require extensive treatment, hospitalization, or time off work, it’s a good idea to seek legal assistance.

An experienced bicycle accident attorney can help preserve your right to fair compensation by:

  • Collecting evidence like photos from the scene, accident footage, witness statements, and a copy of the police report.
  • Proving negligence by hiring accident reconstructionists or expert witnesses to testify in your case.
  • Preventing costly mistakes caused by victims supplying recorded statements to insurers or signing documents without legal counsel.
  • Expediting your case and working directly with the insurance company to file documents and begin a claim before the statute of limitations expires.

Unfortunately, many of the injuries our firm sees in bicycle accidents are serious. Cyclists often have mountains of medical bills and spend weeks, sometimes months, away from work recovering. Many bicycle accident victims don’t have the time or energy to negotiate with insurance companies and secure an adequate settlement.

That’s where we come in. M. Austin Jackson has recovered millions for our Aiken-Augusta neighbors, and we charge you nothing until you receive a settlement. Our bicycle accident lawyers know how to advocate on your behalf so you are fairly compensated for your accident.

Since 2013, M. Austin Jackson has been helping his injured neighbors throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

An Augusta native, Austin has established his reputation in the community as a leading advocate for the rights of people hurt by the negligence of others. He’s committed to fair, transparent legal practices and has won several multi-million dollar cases for his clients.

When you work with our firm, you’ll be in direct contact with Austin. He prides himself on his dedication to client communication and ethical advocacy.

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Since 2013, M. Austin Jackson has been helping his injured neighbors throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

What to Do After Being Hit by a Car While Cycling

The most important thing you can do after being hit by a car is to remain calm and seek medical attention. Even if your accident seems minor, you’ll still want to contact law enforcement so they can write up a report of the accident.

Here are some key steps you should take in the wake of an accident:

step 1
Document the scene.

If you can, document the scene of the accident, including your injuries and damages and those of the other driver(s). If you are unable to accurately report the damage, ask a bystander to assist you. These details will help your attorney build a stronger claim.

step 2
Get driver information.

Just like in a motor vehicle accident, you’ll want to collect the driver’s information. This includes their driver’s license and insurance information. You’ll need these details for your claim.

step 3
Contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney.

Working with a knowledgeable attorney early on can help expedite your claim and maximize your recovery.

Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

Some of the most common injuries we see after bicycle accidents include:

  • Head injuries, including cuts and concussions
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal damage
  • Road rash
  • Dislocated joints
  • Loss of limbs
  • Abrasions and lacerations
  • Severe bruising
  • Paralysis

Whether you’ve suffered a minor or major injury, we’re dedicated to creating a positive outcome in your case and protecting your path to recovery—financial, physical, and mental.

Dealing with the Insurance Company After a Bicycle Accident

For many people, getting an insurance settlement from their bicycle accident is a critical first step in moving on with their lives. But when claims are denied or delayed, this draws out the process even more, causing unfair frustration for accident victims.

Though it may be tempting, you should never accept a settlement offer without consulting with a trained personal injury attorney. Quick settlements rarely cover all your expenses and losses. If asked to make a recorded statement, you should also decline until you’ve spoken to an attorney.

As your Augusta lawyer, M. Austin Jackson will advocate for a fair settlement that reflects the full extent of your injuries and damages. Our firm will ensure communication with the insurance companies is professional and timely, and all aspects of your case are factored into your settlement. 

Types of Bicycle Accidents We Handle

Cyclists encounter many dangers on the road. When drivers are distracted or fail to share the road, they can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening injuries. Here are some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents we encounter:

  • Distracted or aggressive driving
  • Violating cyclists’ right of way
  • Changing lanes, swerving, or turning without warning
  • Failing to yield or stop
  • Sideswiping cyclists as they pass
  • Rear-ending cyclists
  • Opening a car door into the path of a cyclist
  • Collisions caused by unsafe road conditions
When you’ve suffered a serious bike accident, you need an approachable, experienced attorney who can ease your mind and represent your interests.

Contact M. Austin Jackson, an Augusta law firm with a reputation for helping injured cyclists in Georgia and South Carolina get back on their feet. We have deep roots in this community, and we’re completely dedicated to helping our neighbors receive justice and fair compensation, and start on the road to recovery.

FAQs on Bicycle Accidents in Augusta 

What should I do immediately after being hit by a car while cycling in Augusta?

First, you should move to a safe location to avoid further harm and assess yourself for injuries. Then, contact emergency services and seek medical attention, even if you feel your injuries are minor. As your injuries allow, gather evidence and take photos of the accident scene, including injuries and damages to your bike. If there are witnesses, collect their contact information.

If your accident was serious, your next step should be to contact a bicycle accident attorney. Your attorney can guide you through the process of filing an insurance claim and getting compensated for your injuries and damages.

How can I prove the driver was at fault for my bicycle accident?

To prove a driver caused your bicycle accident, you’ll need to demonstrate driver negligence. The following four components must be true:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care to keep you safe.
  • The defendant breached that duty of care.
  • The breach directly caused your injuries.
  • Your injuries resulted in significant damages.

The police report is a core piece of evidence that will help you in proving fault, which is why you should contact law enforcement immediately after an accident occurs. Law enforcement can document their opinions on the cause of the accident and issue citations for negligent motorists.

Evidence from the accident scene is also helpful. It can include photos of the accident and any other relevant information that may indicate fault, like skid marks and road signs. There may also be a surveillance camera nearby that captured the incident–an experienced bicycle accident attorney can help you track down such a key piece of evidence.

A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can provide additional advice and guidance to help you navigate the process of proving fault.

What types of compensation can I seek after a bicycle accident in Augusta?

Injured cyclists can seek various types of compensation, including:

  • Medical expenses (current and future)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Property damages
  • Loss of income for family members
  • And more
How long do I have to file a bicycle accident claim in Georgia or South Carolina?

Georgia residents have two years from the date of the bicycle accident to file a claim. In South Carolina, injured cyclists have three years from the date of the accident.

Should I give a statement to the insurance company after a bicycle accident?

Not without careful consideration and legal advice.

Information from recorded statements can be used against you in the claims process. By providing basic facts like the date, time, and location of the accident, you can avoid admitting fault and revealing information that could negatively impact your case. An experienced attorney will handle communications with the insurance company and advise you throughout the process.

What if the driver who hit me was uninsured or underinsured?

If you own a car and carry uninsured motorist coverage, you can use it in a bicycle accident with an uninsured driver. Your insurance company will be required to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and damages from pain and suffering. Similarly, if a driver doesn’t carry enough insurance to cover the value of your injury claim, you can make an underinsured motorist claim.

Can I file a wrongful death claim if I lost a loved one in a bicycle accident?

If a bicycle accident is fatal, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim. These individuals can include the surviving spouse, children of the victim, or the representative of the victim’s estate. Wrongful death claims can cover funeral expenses, loss of financial support, the full value of the life of the deceased, and emotional distress.

Are accidents involving personal electric vehicles like e-scooters, e-bikes, and Onewheels handled similarly to traditional bicycle accident cases?

While these types of accidents share some similarities with traditional bicycle accidents, claims involving personal electric vehicles are more complex. Typically, they focus on the risks associated with each type of electric vehicle. For example, e-bike accidents can result in more severe injuries, and the legal framework for e-bike accidents is often more intricate.

Your attorney will be able to help you determine which set of laws is most applicable to your accident and what type of compensation you can receive.