Bicycles have quickly become one of the most popular modes of transportation in and around our communities. Whether a person uses a bike to get to work or weekend exercise, bicycle use is on the rise, and so are accidents. Under Maryland law, cyclists may not use sidewalks to ride. They must share the road with all other vehicles unless a cycling lane is provided. Sharing the road with aggressive drivers operating a range of vehicles, cyclists are in danger at every turn. If a cyclist was to get into an accident with a truck or car, the results could be devastating. Some serious injuries that can come from a bicycle accident include broken bones, concussion, spinal cord injury, and even death, depending on the rate of speed and size of the vehicle. If your bicycle accident was caused by negligence and you suffered serious bodily harm, you could be entitled to compensation. If this applies to you, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. Timian & Fawcett, LLC represents victims of negligence in Prince George’s County and the greater Maryland area, including Washington D.C. Our firm is ready to assess your case, guide you through your legal matter, and effectively represent your needs in and out of court. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a free initial consultation.
After an accident
If you are seriously injured in a bicycle accident, contact the authorities and seek medical attention. These actions not only provide you with the care you need, they will help you document much of your case in the accident and medical report. If you are able, take actions to preserve evidence, including taking pictures of the scene and talking to witnesses. If you are not able to act for yourself, contact an attorney to act on your behalf.
Unless waived or exempt, most automobile insurance policies have personal injury protection (PIP). PIP is a form or “no-fault” insurance that protects victims of automobile accidents, providing financial support with no regard to the fault of any party. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to file a PIP claim with the driver’s insurance. PIP can cover medical bills and lost wages up to the threshold of the policy.
Bicycle accident liability
If you are seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you should discuss your case with an attorney. There are many causes of bicycle accidents and possible liable parties as well. One of the biggest proponents of bicycle accidents is negligent driving. There are numerous examples of negligent driving, including:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Careless driving
- Reckless driving
- Using electronic devices without hands-free technology
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
Though dangerous driving is the largest reason for these accidents, it’s not the only one. In some cases, road conditions had a part in or were wholly responsible for a collision between a bicycle and an automobile. Not all roadways or cycling lanes are maintained to an appropriate standard. Issues with cycling lanes and the condition of the road surface include potholes, cracked cement, uneven pavement, spilled substances, and obstacles that obscure visibility, just to name a few. In addition, parts of the vehicle or the bicycle could be defective, leading to an accident and a product liability case. When seeking the culpable parties, the matter can be even more complex when it is found to be a municipality, often the entity responsible for maintaining roads and cycling lanes.
Contact a Prince George’s County Personal Injury law firm
Facing an uncertain future because of the physical and financial impact of a bicycle accident can be a terrible feeling. If you are seriously injured because of a bicycle accident or lost a loved one to a cycling accident, it is important to discuss your situation with an effective and experienced legal team. Timian & Fawcett, LLC provides knowledgeable and skillful legal representation to clients in and around Prince George’s County. If you are in need of legal advice or support, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a consultation today.