Bicycles play a major role in our society. People bike for recreation, for exercise, and, of course for transportation in our increasingly congested cities.
Families bike together, bike clubs arrange group rides, people take their bikes to work and use them to go shopping.
Unfortunately, bikes don’t handle rough roads that well, and are at the mercy of the much larger motor vehicles with which they usually share the road. The result is that many thousands of bicyclists are involved in accidents every year.
In 2012, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show, 700-plus bicyclists died and almost 50,000 were injured in accidents with motor vehicles.
Many, many more bicycle accidents happen for reasons other than colliding with a motor vehicle. In Maryland alone there are more than 500 bicycle accidents serious enough to cause reportable injuries each year. Most occur in the Baltimore and Washington areas.
In Maryland, bicyclists are entitled to the same courtesy and protection as other vehicles on the road, and are subject to the same duties.
Notably, there are several situations in which the law gives bicyclists the right of way over motor vehicles, and bicyclists in many places are required to have lights, reflectors, and warning bells.
Many bicycle-related accidents involve either the bicyclist or a motorist violating these rules of the road.
A bicyclist’s violation of a traffic rule may prevent recovery for injuries in an accident, while the motorist’s violation of a traffic rule makes it much easier for the bicyclist to recover.
A bicycle obviously provides far less protection than a car or truck when it is involved in an accident. Bikes have none of the safety devices that motor vehicles do—seatbelts, airbags, etc.—and there is no reinforced passenger compartment.
A collision with comparatively massive motor vehicles can cause severe injuries or death even if the bike rider is wearing a helmet and travelling at a low rate of speed.
Bike accident injuries occur in numerous ways:
In most bike accident cases involving a collision with a motor vehicle, the driver of the motor vehicle is the likely defendant. But every bike accident is unique. Under some circumstances, any of the following could be liable for the injuries suffered in a bicycle accident:
Few people readily admit fault in any accident, and bicycle accidents are no exception. Some motorist actually did not see the bicycle at all and simply assume the cyclist must have been doing something wrong.
Others simply throw up any defense they think may get them off the hook.
Attempts to blame the cyclist typically involve claims that the cyclist was violating traffic rules, ignoring traffic signals or stop signs, travelling at excessive speed, simply riding recklessly, or riding while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Overcoming these claims requires careful gathering of witness statements and reconstruction of the accident. An experienced Maryland bike accident attorney can anticipate many of these claims, and effectively refute them.
Cycling has become a very common type of transportation in Maryland cities. While cycling is an attractive option for many people, there are numerous bicycle accidents that occur each year resulting in particularly serious consequences.
The state of Maryland reports that in 2016, there 16 fatal bike accidents and 676 bike accidents that resulted in cycling injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides further clarification about this risk: while bicycles represent only 1 percent of travel in the United States, bicyclists face a much greater risk of serious injury than other vehicle operators.
If you experience a cycling injury in Maryland, do not hesitate to speak with attorney Randolph Rice who can help make sure that you obtain the compensation that you deserve.
Bicyclists can experience several different types of injuries as the result of an accident involving a commercial truck, a motor vehicle, another bicyclists, or a pedestrian. Some of the most common types of cycling injuries include the following:
Injuries involving a person’s clavicle or collarbone are common when a bicyclist falls from their bicycle. In many cases, when accidents occur, bicyclists place their hands in front of them to brace their fall. As a result, a bicyclist’s hands often absorb shock created by the fall which can result in fractures of the collarbone.
Some bicyclists fall to one side after an accident which results in them landing on their hip. Given the significant force when bicyclists fall and considering that their hips in these situations are the first area to strike the ground, fractured hips are one of the most common types of cycling injuries.
Head injuries are one of the most common damages that arise from bicycling accidents. Traumatic brain injuries can result in fatalities as well as very serious physical impairments that impact the rest of a person’s life. While wearing a bicycle helmet helps to decrease the significant risk of these accidents, helmets are unfortunately not capable of protecting a person against all bicycle accidents that occur.
These are just some of the most common types of bicycle accidents. Some of the other common types of injuries include dental injuries, elbow fractures, facial injuries, jaw injuries, and leg fractures.
To avoid facing cycling injuries, there are some important safety tips that a person can take to avoid the risk of being seriously injured. Some of the most important steps that a person should take when riding a bicycle include the following:
The United States Census Bureau reports that bicycling was the fastest growing type of transportation from 2000 to 2012. Maryland is just one area that has seen a significant increase in the number of bicyclists in the area.
While cycling is an excellent mode of transportation, eco-friendly, and a good form of exercise, bicyclists are at substantial risk of being seriously injured when accidents with other vehicles occur. While minor bicycle accident can result in riders facing small bruises and scrapes, more serious accidents can leave drivers facing very serious injuries.
Some of the reasons for common bike accident injuries include lack of adequate safety protection as well as drivers who do not wear helmets. No matter how your accident occurs, it is a wise idea to obtain the assistance of a skilled bike accident attorney no matter how you are harmed. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, our legal counsel has significant experience helping bicyclists who face many different types of injuries.
The severity of bicycle accidents depends on a variety of factors which include the following factors:
These factors significantly influence which one of the most common types of bike accident injuries a person receives.
Some of the most common bike accident injuries include the following:
Bicyclists who are injured in motor vehicle accidents are able to obtain compensation for several different types of damages. The first issue in determining a bicycle accident case is establishing that another party is responsible for an accident.
To obtain adequate compensation in bike accidents, it is often a wise idea to obtain the assistance of experienced legal counsel like attorney Randolph Rice who knows how to create a strong legal strategy to make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve.
These Maryland laws were created to restore the injured bicyclist to the state they were in prior to the accident which is why these damages are often referred to as “compensatory” in nature. This article will review some of the various types of compensatory damages that a person is able to obtain.
Injured bicyclists are able to obtain compensation in bike accidents for economic damages, which refer to the various types of damages that a person suffers financially after an accident.
The exact amount of economic damages that a person faces are determined by calculating bills and receipts. This category further divides into several types of damages which include the following:
If a bicyclist’s vehicle or any other type of personal property is damaged as the result of an accident, the bicyclist is often able to recover either the costs or fair market value of the property on the data that the accident occurred. A bicyclist might also be able to recover compensation for the loss of use of personal property.
A bicyclist who is seriously injured in an accident is able to obtain compensation for their inability work and earn a living in the future. Some examples of lost earning capacity include workers who lose the ability to start a business, pursue employment opportunities, and even situations where a bicyclist loses their current job due to injuries incurred from the accident.
Injured bicyclists often lose time at work due to injuries caused by bicycle accidents. An injured bicyclist is able to obtain compensation for both work they already lost as for earnings that they will lose in the future provided that this amount is reasonably certain.
This category includes all medical costs that a person incurred as the result of an accident. Injured bicyclists are often able to also obtain compensation for future medical costs provide that these costs are necessary and related to the resulting injury.
Non-economic damages includes various consequences that are not capable of being directly calculated. Instead, non-economic damages include intangible losses that arise due to the accident. Some examples of non-economic damages that bicyclists are able to obtain as compensation in bike accidents include the following:
This category includes the emotional difficulties that a bystander who witnesses a particularly traumatic accident might have.
This category includes the loss of companionship that a spouse might have as the result of a bicycle accident.
This category encompasses significant changes in a person’s life that leave them unable to participate in activities they enjoy.
This category includes physical injuries that a person incurs as the result of an accident.
Bicycles are simple, but bicycle accidents are not. It’s pretty common for witness statements to conflict. The victim’s recollection of events may well be sketchy or nonexistent. If the victim is a child, there are questions of judgment and responsibility.
Getting an experienced Maryland bike accident attorney involved as soon as possible makes it easier to locate witnesses while their memories are still fresh, and to preserve physical evidence from the accident. It also guarantees that you won’t miss any time limits for making claims or serving notices.
Maryland personal injury attorney G. Randolph Rice thoroughly understands all aspects of bicycle accident cases: establishing what happened, why those events entitle you to compensation, and the extent of your injuries.
Give us a call to schedule a free consultation and we can get the recovery process started. Statutory time limits apply, so don’t delay; call now to protect your right to claiming the compensation you need and deserve.
There are many busy streets in Maryland that contain commuting workers and tourists. There are also a large number of bicyclists on Maryland’s roads, which unfortunately results in many bike accidents each year.
If you a cyclist who was injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, you are likely left to face very serious injuries. One of the reasons why injuries are often serious is that bicyclists frequently lack helmets to protect them from being harmed in accidents.
Fortunately, an experienced bike accident lawyer at the Law Office of Randolph Rice can help obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact attorney Rice today to discuss how he can help with your case.
There are some very important laws that every bike rider should know about how accidents are handled in the state of Maryland which include the following:
If you were involved in a bike accident that occurred in Maryland or the surrounding area, you are likely confused about how to proceed and have questions about whether you are entitled to compensation or any available legal remedies.
The lack of protection and safety features on bicycles that are found in motor vehicles means that bicyclists are often seriously injured and sometimes even killed when collisions with other vehicles occur.
A bike accident attorney at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice can analyze your case to determine your best option to receive adequate compensation. A large number of bike accidents are caused by the negligence of pedestrians and motor vehicle operators and our law office knows what steps to take to hold these parties accountable. Contact our law office today to determine if you are able to obtain compensation for your bike accident.