Q: Does DUI Only Apply to Cars and Trucks in Georgia or Does it Also Apply to Bicyclists?
A:Georgia law considers a bicycle a vehicle, and in Georgia it is against the law to operate a vehicle while intoxicated. Bicycling while drunk carries the same potential penalties as driving a car or a tractor trailer while drunk. Some of those penalties may be legal and some may be even more serious - they can cause physical harm or death to the bicyclist or someone else.
Consider for a moment what could happen if a drunk bicyclist was driving erratically on a busy street in Atlanta. Car accidents and pedestrian accidents could easily take place as cars swerve to avoid the bicyclist, and pedestrians try to keep from getting run over. Serious injuries, and fatalities, may occur.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, bike wreck or pedestrian accident caused by a drunk bicyclist in Atlanta, then it is important to understand your rights. Please contact the experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers of The Dover Law Firm today for a free consultation about your rights and potential recovery. We also encourage you to read our FREE book: 4 Common Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Georgia Car or Truck Claim for more information.