Cycling is one of the most popular activities in Maryland, and for good reason–cycling is fun, cost-effective, and is great exercise. Unfortunately, due to very minimal protection, cyclists are at more of a risk than virtually anyone else on the road. If a cyclist is hit by a car or any other automobile, he or she will most likely suffer severe injuries. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the primary causes of bicycle accidents?
Any number of factors may cause a bicycle accident, and some of them do not directly involve another party. For example, poor road conditions, such as potholes, or a negligent road design both contribute to bicycle accidents. Hazardous weather conditions, such as snow or black ice also contribute to bicycle accidents. However, the most common cause of bicycle accidents is, unsurprisingly, driver negligence. Some examples of negligent driving behavior are as follows:
- Texting and driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Unsafely changing lanes or merging
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to check blind spots
- Failing to comply with traffic signs, lights, and other rules of the road
What injuries may I receive compensation for?
When you are injured in a bicycle accident, there are several different types of painful injuries you may sustain. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a very good chance you are eligible for financial compensation. However, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. Here are some of the injuries that may qualify for financial compensation.
- Eye trauma
- Fractured bones
- Neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Dental fractures
- Dislocated joints
- Road rash
- Facial contusions
- Muscular strains
How do I prove another party’s negligence?
To prove another party’s negligence, one of the most important things you can do is retain experienced legal counsel who is more than familiar with the personal injury process. Additionally, you can try to recover security camera footage, obtain medical documentation regarding your injuries, and use witness testimony to help prove your claim. You may use this financial compensation to cover the cost of lost wages, in-home care, medical bills, and more.
Contact our Maryland firm
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident and wish to speak with an attorney about your best course of action, contact the Law Offices of Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC today.
Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC to schedule a consultation.