You may not think about the possible dangers that come with riding a bicycle. But, when sharing the Maryland roads with other motor vehicles, accidents are possible. The sheer size and weight of a motor vehicle compared to a bicycle make the aftermath of injuries and damage that much worse. This is regardless of whether the cyclist was wearing the proper helmet and padding. Continue reading to learn how an experienced St. Mary’s County auto accident lawyer at The Dorsey Law Firm can help you seek justice after your bicycle accident.
What is the cause of a bicycle accident in the state of Maryland?
A bicycle accident can come about in a variety of circumstances. But most often, it is caused by the negligence of a motorist. Common examples of such negligence are as follows:
- Distracted driving:
- Navigating directions.
- Disciplining rowdy children.
- Reckless driving:
- Not checking blind spots.
- Failing to yield.
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued.
What approach should I take following a bicycle accident in Maryland?
Your responsibility when filing your bicycle accident claim is to satisfy the burden of proof. That is, you must supply sufficient evidence that points to a motorist’s negligence being the direct cause of your injuries and damages. So, take the following approach immediately after your accident occurs.
- Alert the authorities: a law enforcement officer will dispatch an ambulance to the scene and conduct an official police report. Request a copy of this report afterward.
- Capture the scene: take photos and videos of the scene (i.e., your injuries, damages, and any hazards that contributed to your accident).
- Collect contact information: ask for the at-fault motorist’s name, number, email address, insurance company, insurance policy number, etc. Request the same for witnesses and if they can provide witness testimony afterward.
- Seek medical treatment: get treated at the scene even if you do not detect any immediate injuries. Schedule follow-up appointments, as well. Request copies of medical bills and other medical documentation that include the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries.
- Hire an attorney: employ a skilled Leonardtown personal injury lawyer as immediately as possible. Request that we help you in collecting surveillance camera footage or otherwise additional evidence necessary for your case.
What is the statute of limitations for a bicycle accident claim in Maryland?
The statute of limitations for a bicycle accident claim in Maryland is typically three years from the date of your accident. This is important to understand because failure to file your claim within this period may result in you being permanently barred from taking legal action. So, the sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better.
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