Cycling accidents on the road can involve serious injuries for the victims. Helmets and other safety gear only go so far to help avoid harm during a crash, and riders can suffer injuries that leave them with permanent disabilities or even kill them. If you or a loved one was injured or you lost a loved one in a cycling accident, the Baltimore cycling accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice might be able to help.
Our cycling injury attorneys represent injury victims and their families and work to get them compensation from the at-fault car, truck, or bus driver that caused their accidents. For help with your case and help getting compensation, call us today to schedule a free legal consultation. Our phone number is (410) 694-7291.
Common Causes of Cycling Accidents in Baltimore
Bicycle accidents can sometimes involve a bike and a pedestrian or two bicycles crashing into each other. However, the far more common situation is that a bicycle is hit by a car, truck or bus, leading to serious injuries for the bike rider. In most of these accidents, the driver is at least somewhat negligent, but there are some situations where the bike rider is actually at fault for the crash. The following are all common causes of cycling accidents in Baltimore along with explanations as to who is at fault:
Failing to Follow Bike Laws
Bikes are typically considered vehicles in Maryland. This means that they should ride on the street, or in the bike lane, if a bike lane is available. When on the street, cyclists need to stop at stop signs and red lights, and they can take the right of way in any situation where it would be appropriate for a car to do so. Many accidents occur when cyclists assume they are to be treated as pedestrians instead of vehicles or when drivers assume cyclists are pedestrians instead of vehicles.
Despite the general rule that a bike is a vehicle, there are exceptions that might allow you to ride on the sidewalk or get other benefits, and it is important to understand your local bike laws. Our lawyers can help you bike safely and legally to avoid accidents.
Right Turn Accidents
Many cyclists are injured when a car makes a right turn across their path or across the bike lane without looking. Drivers need to be aware that cyclists might come up on their right side, and it is their fault if they turn and hit a cyclist they should have yielded to. These injuries can occur at high speeds since the cyclist might not have time to slow down or stop before the car turns across their lane.
Obstructions in the Bike Lane
While cyclists might be required by law to ride in the bike lane, this can be extremely dangerous if there are obstructions in the bike lane. Construction vehicles, parked cars, traffic cones, delivery vehicles, and other blockages in the bike lane can make it impossible to ride safely in the bike lane, requiring cyclists to swerve out into traffic. This can complicate matters during a lawsuit that has to consider who is at fault, but cars typically need to give bikers a wide berth, and failing to yield to a cyclist making an emergency lane change could put a driver at fault.
Cyclists are usually required to ride in the bike lane or on the rightmost edge of the lane of traffic. This means that parked cars are often lined along the road just on the cyclist’s right. If someone in a car opens a car door into the cyclist’s path, the rider could crash into it and suffer serious injuries. It is important for people in cars exiting on the edge of the road to check for cyclists before opening doors, and avoid causing “dooring” accidents and injuries.
Suing for Bike Accidents in Baltimore, MD
If you were injured in a bike accident, you may be able to sue the person who caused the crash. Every accident is different, and proving that they were at fault might be a complex part of your lawsuit. However, once you prove that their negligence caused your injuries, you should be entitled to receive financial compensation for any of the physical injuries or financial harms you face from the accident.
To prove that another driver or someone else in a car was at fault for your accident, you must prove that their actions were unreasonable or violated legal duties they owed you. For example, some instances of reckless driving or inattention on the road are patently unreasonably behind the wheel and should be considered negligent. Other acts violate specific traffic laws, such as running a red light and crashing into a cyclist or failing to signal and cutting across a cyclist’s lane of travel.
Once you prove they were at fault for your crash, you must also prove the injuries you suffered. You can seek compensation for medical bills by providing a record of the injuries you suffered and the cost of treatment. You can also seek damages for lost wages the accident and your injuries caused you by providing financial statements and pay stubs. Lastly, your testimony about the pain and suffering you faced and the other impacts the injuries had on your life can allow you to seek compensation for these intangible harms.
Call Our Cycling Accident Injury Lawyers in Baltimore for a Free Case Consultation
You may be entitled to financial compensation for injuries you or a loved one suffered in a cycling accident in Maryland. If your accident took place in Baltimore or the surrounding areas, the Baltimore cycling accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice might be able to help you file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Call us to set up a free legal consultation before accepting any money from the at-fault driver or their insurance company. To schedule your free legal consultation, call us today at (410) 694-7291.