Bicycles are one of the most cost-effective means of transportation out there. Additionally, they are ideal for a leisurely Sunday ride, as well as a swift commute to work on Monday morning. There are many cyclists throughout the state, and though bicycles are great for many reasons, they are also potentially dangerous. Cyclists are virtually unprotected from the motor vehicles around them, and if they collide with a car or truck, a helmet will do very little to help them. This is why if you were involved in a bicycle accident, there is a very good chance you are facing steep medical bills and other related costs. If you believe you are entitled to financial compensation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the primary causes of bicycle accidents?
Poor road conditions, such as potholes or uneven pavement very often cause bicycle accidents. Additionally, inclement weather conditions, such as black ice, heavy rain, snow, or even wet leaves can cause a cyclist to lose control of his or her bicycle. However, the most common cause of bicycle accidents is driver negligence. Some examples of driver negligence are as follows:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Unsafe lane changes
- Excessive speed
- Failure to check blind spots
- Driving while fatigued
- Texting while driving
- Navigating directions while driving
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Failure to comply with traffic signs and lights
- Ignoring other rules of the road
What are the most common injuries sustained as a result of a bicycle accident?
As you can imagine, most bicycle accidents end severely. Some of the most common bicycle injuries are as follows:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Road rash
- Neck injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Dental fractures
- Eye trauma
- Muscular strains
- Facial contusions
- Fractured bones
If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you should be able to recover financial compensation. However, to receive the compensation you need and deserve, you must first satisfy the burden of proof.
How can I prove another party’s negligence is responsible for my injuries?
Fortunately, with the help of an experienced attorney, proving another party’s negligence doesn’t have to be difficult. If you were in the city at the time of your accident, there is a good chance a security camera captured your accident on film. You may use this as evidence to help prove your claim. Additionally, it is always wise to receive medical attention immediately following an accident, as a medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documents that you may also use to help prove your claim.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.