Bicycle accidents can happen suddenly out of nowhere and leave devastating results. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, contact a highly experienced bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. They will be able to fight for your case and get you the compensation you deserve.
After a bicycle accident that resulted in serious injury, catastrophic injuries, or death, it is imperative that you are represented by a personal injury lawyer to help you seek full compensation for damages. When hit by a passenger vehicle, an insurance claim can be filed as the initial action. In some cases, it is possible to negotiate a fair settlement, while in others, the claim is contested by insurance company defense lawyers, and a lawsuit must be brought to apply greater pressure, and to present the case to a jury for a decision. At Malloy Law Offices, LLC, our bicycle accident lawyers will help you navigate through the complex legal process of filing a claim or lawsuit. Call for a free consultation.
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The number of bicycle accidents in Maryland continues to rise. With more residents in the DMV choosing to cycle, the risk of being seriously injured is high. Statistics released by the Maryland Department of Transportation reveals the shocking numbers of injuries and deaths. In the most recent year:
Nationwide, bicycle accidents involving a car make up one-third of all bicycle accidents, with the majority of fatalities associated with a passenger vehicle, truck, or other vehicle striking a cyclist.
Montgomery County is one of the most dangerous areas in which to cycle in Maryland, with more than 18 percent of the bicycle accidents statewide taking place in the area. The most dangerous months for cyclists are June, July, and August, with the majority of bicycle accidents occurring on the weekdays when the streets and highways are busy with commuter traffic.
The report reveals the areas where bicyclists are most commonly hit by moving vehicles, as follows:
In 2016, Maryland saw a total of 851 bicycle accidents. Thankfully, the majority of these accidents were non-fatal, but not without consequence. These include property damage and injury to the bicyclist. Sixteen of these accidents ended with a bicyclist fatality. Nationwide, accidents involving a car make up one-third of all bicycle accidents, with the majority of fatalities stemming from this type.
Bicycle laws regarding helmets, traffic, and equipment are relatively straightforward. The law considers bicycles a vehicle, therefore all traffic laws apply. In addition, bicyclists must also not:
Additional equipment on the bicycle can include the following:
Some of the most common ways a person can become injured in a bicycle accident are through driver error. Someone operating a car or other motor vehicle must always pay special attention to bicyclists who may be in the area. Making left or right turns in front of a cyclist, not paying attention to space between their lane and the bicycle lane, side-swiping the rider, and even opening car doors are all ways an injury can occur. Head-on and side collisions may also occur as well, especially when going through an intersection or driving distracted.
The law operates on the fault system. This means that if the driver is liable, they have to pay the injured bicyclist damages. However, contributory negligence is a huge factor in determining driver liability. If the bicyclist is even one percent at fault, they are barred from receiving compensation. The two main ways someone would be able to receive compensation in a bicycle accident case would be through property damage, where the at-fault driver would have to pay for all injured property, including any items the bicyclist was carrying, and injury damages.
Injury damages further separate into two categories, non-economic and economic damages. Economic damages are the quantifiable and easily calculated damages, such as all medical bills, loss of income, and any other calculable damage. Non-economic damages are the non-quantifiable damages, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish, damage to the marital relationship, and impairment.
The amount of damages a person can receive for their bicycle accident depends on several criteria; the severity of the injury, the length of time they were suffering, and whether they made a full recovery.
Dealing with a personal injury case on top of any injuries you may already be suffering is overwhelming. Contact a skilled bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible so you can focus on your recovery. They will ensure no stone has been left unturned and will fight for the best possible outcome for your case.
Contact Malloy Law Offices for a free case evaluation today.