Injured in a Bicycle Accident in Maryland? What to Know

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If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you are likely seeking to recover compensation. Continue reading and reach out to our experienced personal injury firm to learn how to take legal action regarding your accident.

What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Maryland?

The most common causes of bicycle accidents are typically forms of motorist negligence. The following are the most common forms of motorist negligence to cause bicycle accidents:

  • Failing to yield
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Speeding
  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Disciplining raucous children 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

What should I do following a bicycle accident?

Take the following steps after being injured in a bicycle accident to protect yourself:

  1. Alert the police. The police will document the accident by conducting a police report. They will also bring an ambulance to the scene to treat any injuries.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, if you can, take photos and videos of the scene of your accident including any hazards that led to your accident as well as any damage to vehicles and property involved.
  3. If there were any witnesses to your accident, collect their contact information including their name, email address, and phone number.
  4. When the ambulance arrives, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. This is a crucial step that should not be skipped. It is important to be seen by a medical professional after an accident even if you do not immediately feel symptoms of an injury.
  5. Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment. These documents should also include information such as the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  6. Retain the services of a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is three years. This is the time period you will have from the date of your accident to bring attention to your personal injury claim. This is important to understand because failure to file your claim within this period of time may result in you being permanently barred from taking legal action. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. To get started with this process today, reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney who will work to recover the compensation you deserve.

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