How Do Bicycle Accidents Occur in Maryland?

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Bicycle accidents are serious. If you were injured in one, reach out to our firm today to speak with a dedicated and experienced Prince George’s County auto accident lawyer.

What are the common causes of bicycle accidents in Maryland?

There are several different factors that can cause a bicycle accident to happen. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents are unsafe road conditions, for example, debris left on the road or negligent signage, inclement weather conditions, such as snow, ice, or rain, and, of course, driver and cyclist negligence. Even though any one of these factors can result in a serious bicycle accident, bicycle accidents are usually a result of negligence. Some of the most common causes of driver negligence that lead to bicycle accidents include the following:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Following cyclists too closely
  • Trying to overtake cyclists
  • Opening car doors, striking oncoming cyclists
  • Failing to notice cyclists at night
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Turning without looking
  • Failing to yield
  • Ignoring traffic lights or signs

If you were injured in a bicycle accident as a result of any of the following, continue reading and give our firm a call today to get started.

What steps should I take after getting into a bicycle accident in Maryland?

If you are encountering the consequences of a bicycle accident injury in Maryland, it is critical that you do not wait to start thinking about your legal options. In Maryland, all personal injury claims must be brought within three years of the date of the accident. Another requirement in a personal injury case is that the burden of proof must be satisfied. This implies that you, the injured party, are instructed to indicate that the person who hit you was acting negligently and that this negligence resulted in the bicycle accident.

To achieve satisfying the burden of proof, you should obtain the driver’s insurance information, take plenty of pictures and videos of the accident and its aftermath, ask witnesses for their contact information and obtain a copy of all medical documents regarding your injuries. It is also in your best interest to retain the services of a skilled Prince George’s County personal injury  attorney who can use this evidence and more to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.

Give our firm a call today to get started. Personal injury claims are time-sensitive, so you will want to make sure you are meeting each of your claim’s important deadlines.

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