Earlier this week in Bethesda, Maryland, a 22-year-old man was struck while riding his bike on Old Georgetown Lane just south of Lucas Lane. According to a report by the local Fox affiliate, the force from the collision threw the bicyclist off his bike and into the rear windshield of another car.
The bicyclist was taken to the hospital, where he was given eight stitches above his eye and a few staples in his shoulder to reattach the skin that was damaged as a result of the accident. He is expected to be fine, although he told reporters that he is still very sore.
Evidently, the driver of the car that hit the man did not stop to make sure that the man was all right. Instead, he drove away, fleeing the scene of the accident. Police are currently looking for the driver of a brown-colored sedan, but no more information is available on the driver. Police are hopeful that witnesses to the accident will come forward.
Meanwhile, the bicyclist is just happy to be alive. He credits the fact that he is still alive to the fact that he was wearing his helmet at the time of the accident. He told reporters that it is hard to fathom what is going through someone’s mind when he or she decides to flee the scene after potentially causing someone such serious harm.
Hit-and-Run Accidents in Maryland
Hit-and-run accidents have become somewhat of an epidemic in Maryland and the surrounding areas. People who flee from accidents are putting their own desire to stay out of trouble above the lives of others. Notwithstanding the underlying cause of the accident, the decision to flee in and of itself is indefensible.
The law agrees. Fleeing the scene of an accident is actually a crime in Maryland. Not only can it result in criminal charges, but it may also result in civil liability, especially when the person who flees is responsible for causing he accident.
Determining Fault in Hit-and-Run Accidents
Determining fault in a hit-and-run accident is like determining fault in any other accident. The plaintiff must prove that the other driver was negligent. In hit-and-run cases, this is often easier than in other types of accident cases, since fleeing the scene is quite clearly a negligent act to most jurors. If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, contact a dedicated attorney today.
Are You in Need of an Attorney?
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit-and-run accident, whether it occurred on a bike, in a car, or on foot, you should speak with a dedicated injury attorney at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have years of experience representing clients in all kinds of Maryland accident claims, including hit-and-run accidents. Call 410-654-3600 to set up a free initial consultation with an attorney today.
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Minibike Rider Killed in Lexington Park, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 8, 2014.
Fourth-Year GW Medical Student Killed in Motorcycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 4, 2014.