Bicycle Accident Attorney Serving All of Maryland
Every year in the United States, there are tens of thousands of bicycle accidents, most of which lead to serious injuries, and, in the worst cases, fatalities. If you have recently been involved in a bicycle accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of any damages you have incurred. Attorney Ruben has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1991, which means he has the experience and skill needed to help you win the compensation you deserve. Contact our experienced Maryland personal injury attorney today to learn more about how our firm can help you through the legal process going forward.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
As with all accidents, in many cases, bicycle accidents are simply inevitable. For example, sometimes cyclists and motorists have to deal with inclement weather conditions, such as snow, ice, or intense storms. Rather obviously, these conditions alone can cause a serious accident. In other cases, potholes and other poor road conditions cause cyclists to lose control of their bikes and crash. However, unfortunately, in many cases, bicycle accidents are a result of sheer negligence. Some of the most common types of driver negligence we see on the road today include texting while driving, driving while fatigued, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and speeding. If you were injured by a driver who was behaving negligently in any way at the time of your accident, there is a very good chance you will qualify for financial compensation.
Types of Bicycle Accidents
- Right side accidents: These occur when a cyclist, positioned to the right of the car, is hooked by that car as it turns right at an intersection.
- Rear-end accidents: These happen when motorists travel too close to cyclists riding in front of them. Drivers should always stay at least three car-lengths back from the person in front. Failing to do so often causes serious accidents, and if a motorist rear-ends a cyclist, the accident is almost always the motorist?s fault. Generally, these types of collisions occur at stop signs or when a cyclist is moving left around parked cars.
- Side-swiping accidents: When cyclists do not have a significant shoulder to travel on, they will often ride slightly to the left of it. Sometimes, impatient motorists will try and pass the cyclist without sufficient room to do so. Unfortunately, this maneuver frequently causes devastating accidents.
- Dooring accidents: People are responsible for looking to ensure no cars or cyclists are coming before opening their car doors, especially when they park on main roads. When they fail to do so, they may open their car door into a cyclist who happens to be passing by.
What to do After a Bicycle Accident
If you are someone who has recently been injured in a bicycle accident, there are several steps you should take to significantly boost your chances of winning a personal injury claim. These steps are as follows:
- First, you should call the police. The police, upon arrival, can document the incident and deescalate the situation. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, they will also send an ambulance.
- While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, as long as you are physically capable, you should begin taking pictures of the accident, your injuries, and any property that was damaged as well.
- If there are any witnesses to your accident, ensure you ask them for their contact information, including emails, business cards, phone numbers, and any other means of communication so they may verify your claim in the future.
- Once the ambulance has taken you to the hospital and you are in stable condition, ask your doctor for any medical documentation pertaining to the origin and extent of your injuries, as we may use this to further bolster your personal injury claim.
- Finally, you should hire an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Though it may be tempting to ?go it alone,? this is never advisable. Attorney Ruben is educated and experienced in gathering and presenting evidence on his clients? behalf, and he is ready to do the same for you.
To win financial compensation, you will need to hire an attorney who can satisfy the burden of proof. Essentially, this means that your attorney must prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party?s negligence. There are two types of compensation that the wrongly injured can receive if their attorney proves negligence. They are known as economic and noneconomic damages. Essentially, economic damages are tangible costs incurred as a result of your injuries, including medical bills, the cost of in-home care, lost wages, and more. On the other hand, noneconomic damages deal primarily with emotional damages, like the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more. We know how important winning this compensation is, which is why we pledge to fight, tooth-and-nail for your rights, every step of the way.
The Statute of Limitations
If you are planning on suing a negligent motorist, you must ensure you do so in accordance with Maryland?s statute of limitations. Simply put, the phrase ?statute of limitations? refers to the amount of time individuals have to file a lawsuit after an injury. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, people generally have three years from the date of their accident to sue. Do not wait past the three-year mark, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from suing. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process on your behalf–all you have to do is ask.
Contact a Maryland Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bicycle accidents, unfortunately, are among the most devastating for victims, which is why if you are someone who has been injured in one, you need an attorney who can fight for the compensation you deserve and need. Fortunately, you have just found that attorney. Contact the Ruben Law Firm to schedule an initial consultation today. We are here to help.