Bicycle accidents, unfortunately, happen much more than you might think. They can lead to serious injuries that may impact an individual for the rest of their life. To learn the steps you should take following a bicycle accident that will allow you to file a successful personal injury claim, continue reading and reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney.
What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Maryland?
The most common causes of bicycle accidents are typically forms of motorist negligence. The most common forms of negligence behind the wheel in New Jersey are as follows:
- Driving while fatigued
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Failing to yield
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Unsafe lane changes
- Navigating directions while driving
- Disciplining raucous children while driving
- Texting while driving
- Not checking blind spots
- Ignoring traffic signs and lights
- Failing to comply with other rules and regulations of the road
What should I do following a bicycle accident?
Following a bicycle accident, it is important to have a plan in mind, especially in a drastic situation such as this. Take the following steps to protect yourself after being involved in a bicycle accident:
- Alert the police. They will bring an ambulance to the scene to treat any injuries sustained in the accident. They will also be able to document the accident by conducting a report.
- While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, if you can, collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name, number, and email.
- Take photos and videos of the scene of your accident.
- Take photos of your injuries.
- Once the ambulance arrives, seek treatment immediately. It is important to be seen by a medical professional after an accident even if you do not immediately feel symptoms of an injury. This is in case of injuries that may later arise.
- Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment. These documents should state the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
- Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover financial compensation for your damages.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland?
The statute of limitations refers to the period of time you will have to take legal action after your accident. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is generally three years. If you fail to take legal action within this period of time, you may risk being permanently barred from suing. To get started with this process as soon as possible, retain the services of our experienced personal injury attorney today. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better.
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