Drunk drivers pose a serious risk to everyone on the road; however, bicyclists are at an especially high risk of being seriously injured or killed if they are involved in a Maryland drunk driving accident. Not just are bicyclists more likely to be injured if they are struck by a drunk driver, but also, due to their slim profile, they are more likely to be overlooked by an intoxicated driver. Additionally, since most bicyclists ride near the side of the lane or on the road’s shoulder, a drunk driver could easily drift off the road and into a biker.
While Maryland law permits the victims of drunk driving accidents to seek compensation for their injuries through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit, filing a case is by no means a guarantee. For example, the other driver’s insurance company may defend against the lawsuit if it believes that there may be a way to avoid paying out what may be a large sum of money. If an insurance company believes that the accident victim was partially at fault for the accident – even if the other driver was intoxicated – it may defend the case on behalf of the other driver.
In some cases, insurance companies will pretend to be on an accident victim’s side and present an offer to settle the case if the accident victim agrees not to sue. Accident victims should be wary of these offers, especially when they are made early in the process, since they are often low-ball offers designed to settle for as little money as possible. With the assistance of a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney, accident victims can ensure that they are treated fairly throughout the process and stand a good chance of recovering fully for their injuries.
Driver Kills Bicyclist in Recent Drunk Driving Accident
Earlier this month, one man was killed when he was struck while riding his bicycle. According to a recent news article covering the tragic accident, authorities responded to the scene to find the man lying near the side of the road unconscious. Emergency personnel did all they could to save the man, but they were unable to do so. He died while at the scene.
The driver who struck the bicyclist remained on the scene following the accident and showed signs of intoxication when approached by police. He was arrested and charged with numerous felonies. The exact circumstances leading up to the accident are not yet known, but the accident is still under investigation.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Bicycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a serious Maryland bicycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Regardless of whether the other driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, you should discuss your case with an attorney at the Maryland personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. With decades of experience handling a wide range of personal injury cases, Lebowitz & Mzhen is a premier Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. personal injury law firm. We have helped thousands of victims obtain the compensation they deserve, and we look forward to helping you next. Call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
Maryland Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Motorists Running Red Lights, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published August 4, 2017.
Establishing Government Liability in Maryland Motorcycle Accidents, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 13, 2017.