If you have been injured in a bicycle accident due to no fault of your own, you may be eligible for compensation by filing a personal injury claim. To learn more about the steps to take following a bicycle accident to file a successful personal injury claim, continue reading and reach out to our experienced personal injury firm.
What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Maryland?
Form of motorist negligence is the most common cause of bicycle accidents. The most common forms of negligence behind the wheel are as follows:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving while fatigued
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Navigating directions while driving
- Texting while driving
- Not checking blind spots
- Ignoring traffic signs and lights
- Failing to comply with other rules and regulations of the road
- Failing to yield
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Disciplining raucous children while driving
What should I do following a bicycle accident?
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important that you take the following steps to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim:
- Alert the authorities. The police will bring an ambulance to the scene to treat any injuries sustained in the accident.
- The police will also document the accident by conducting a police report.
- While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, if you can, collect any witnesses’ contact information.
- Take photos and videos of the scene of your accident.
- Photos should include any hazards that led to your accident as well as any damage to vehicles and property.
- Once the ambulance arrives, seek treatment immediately. It is important to be seen by a medical professional after an accident even if you do not immediately feel symptoms of an injury.
- Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment.
- Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve. Your experienced attorney will also be able to obtain further evidence to support your claim including surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is generally three years. This means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. If you fail to take legal action within this period of time, you may risk being permanently barred from suing. To get started with this process as soon as possible, retain the services of our experienced personal injury attorney today. We are prepared to take on your case.
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If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.