Two bicyclists were seriously injured in an accident over the weekend when a car crossed onto the shoulder, striking them. According to a report by the Washington Post, the bicyclists were driving on an area of the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail that uses the shoulder of the road as the trail when a car crossed over the shoulder and struck both riders. Evidently the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Route 450 near Brice Road when the riders were heading south on Route 450.
The bikers were properly using the right shoulder as they traveled south when a car traveling in the same direction veered over into the shoulder and crashed into the bikers. The two bicyclists were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where one was admitted with serious injuries and the other with life-threatening, critical injuries.
Police told reporters that the cause of the accident was driver error, and that alcohol was involved in the serious accident. The driver of the car will likely face criminal charges for his role in the accident.
Bicycle Accidents Across Maryland
With all of the beautiful scenery across the great state of Maryland, it’s no surprise that bike and motorcycle riding are popular pastimes in Maryland. On most Maryland roads, bicyclists (as well as motorcyclists) are treated just as other motorists are treated, and are expected to follow all posted traffic laws. On the other hand, vehicles should yield to bicycles just as though they were a car. Failure to do so can result in a serious or fatal Maryland bicycle accident.
Alcohol and Bicycle Accidents
It’s common knowledge that alcohol doesn’t mix with driving. However, the dangers of a drunk driver striking—and potentially killing—a motorcyclist or bicyclist are especially frightening. Alcohol affects a driver’s ability to react quickly, pay attention, and make sound decisions. It can also cause a driver to feel unstable, possibly making it difficult for a driver to stay in his lane. All of these effects increase the likelihood that a driver will crash into a bicyclist riding on the side of the road.
When a driver voluntarily puts him or herself in this position, they are putting the safety of all around them at risk. It is for that reason that Maryland law allows the victims of drunk driving accidents to recover from those who cause their injuries.
Have You Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a Maryland motorcycle or bicycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages based on the other driver’s negligence. An experienced Maryland personal injury attorney will be able to help you understand the strength of your case as well as its potential to result in a favorable settlement or jury verdict. The experienced lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, have years of experience helping their client seek justice. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 to speak to a dedicate Maryland personal injury attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
Prince George’s County Sees Four Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Just Four Days, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 2, 2014.
Motorcyclist Dies in Accident While Fleeing Police, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 23, 2014.