Have you been injured in a bicycle accident? If so, you may deserve to recover compensation. This is because an injury can result in serious damages, including expensive hospital bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. Read on to learn more about bicycle accidents in Maryland.
Common causes of bicycle accidents:
When bicyclists share the road with motorists, accidents are bound to occur. Accidents can happen due to inclement weather, mechanical malfunctions, and poor road conditions. However, the majority of bike accidents are a result of driver negligence on the part of the cyclists and/or the driver. Driver negligence often includes:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Using electronic devices without hands-free technology
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
Recovering compensation after a bicycle accident:
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do so, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. This involves providing evidence that your injury was a direct result of the negligence of another party. Generally, the first step is calling 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, ensure the scene is safe, and more. It is also important to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to take pictures of your injuries as well as any damage to your bike. It is also important to seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. In some cases, an injury does not show symptoms until days or even weeks later. Additionally, this can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. If anyone else saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events, so be sure to ask for their contact information.
What is the statute of limitations?
Unfortunately, it does not matter how much evidence you have obtained if you do not file your claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean forfeiting your right to take legal action and recover compensation.
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