Riding bicycles may seem like an activity that is fun, good exercise, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly upon first impression. However, you may realize that this activity can also be dangerous upon second consideration. Cyclists also do not receive adequate protection from other motorists they share the Maryland roads with. Follow along to learn what may cause a bicycle accident and how a proficient Landover auto accident lawyer at Judy Law Firm can help you in this situation.
What may cause a bicycle accident to occur in the state of Maryland?
A bicycle accident may be caused by poor road conditions or inclement weather. But usually, these accidents are due to the negligence of a motor vehicle driver. Common examples of this negligence include the following:
- Trying to overtake a cyclist.
- Tailing a cyclist too closely.
- Failing to notice a cyclist at night.
- Failing to check blind spots for a cyclist.
- Failing to check both ways before opening a car door.
- Driving on the shoulder or in the bike lane.
- Driving while distracted.
- Driving recklessly.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued.
What steps should I take after a bicycle accident in Maryland?
You may have a valid bicycle accident claim on your hands if you can prove that a motor vehicle driver’s negligence was the direct cause of your injuries and damages. To satisfy this burden of proof, you should take the following approach while still at the scene of the accident:
- Alert the authorities: a law enforcement officer will dispatch an ambulance and conduct an official police report. You should request a copy of this report afterward.
- Capture the scene: take photos and videos of the scene. You should capture your injuries, damages, and hazards that contributed to your accident.
- Collect contact information: ask for the motor vehicle driver’s name, number, email address, insurance company, insurance policy number, etc. You should request the same for witnesses, and that they provide witness testimony afterward.
- Seek medical treatment: get treated as soon as the ambulance arrives. You should schedule follow-up appointments even if you do not have noticeable injuries. You should also request copies of medical bills and other documentation that lists the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries.
- Hire an attorney: employ a talented Landover Maryland personal injury lawyer. You should request that we help you collect surveillance camera footage.
What is the statute of limitations for a bicycle accident claim in Maryland?
In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a bicycle accident claim is generally three years from the date of your accident. You must bring your case forward within this period so that you are not permanently barred from suing.
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