Each year, there are hundreds of Maryland bicycle accidents that occur for a number of reasons. While some accidents are the result of bicyclist error, the vast majority involve the negligence of a motorist. And although it may seem beyond the pale to most Maryland motorists, each year there are dozens of Maryland hit-and-run accidents where a motorist flees the scene after being involved in a collision.
Hit-and-run accidents are especially troublesome for a number of reasons. First, car accidents almost always involve some type of injury. And when a motorist leaves the scene, they run the risk of leaving stranded a person who is seriously injured and in need of medical assistance. Additionally, by leaving the scene, a hit-and-run driver abandons the accident victim without anyone to look to for compensation for their injuries.
The issues involved in a hit-and-run accident are worsened when one of the vehicles involved is a bicycle. Bicyclists are less protected than motorists, and more likely to suffer serious injuries following an accident. Thus, a Maryland bicycle accident victim is likely in need of serious medical attention following an accident.
Pick-Up Truck Drive Flees after Striking 61-Year-Old Bicyclist
Earlier this month, a 61-year-old man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while he was riding his bike along the road at 10:30 in the morning. According to a local news report, a witness to the accident explained that the pick-up truck that hit the man was swerving back and forth across the road in the moments before the collision.
Evidently, after the bicyclist was struck, the driver of the pick-up truck accelerated and sped off. The witness contemplated following the driver, but instead remained at the scene to ensure that the victim obtained the necessary medical treatment.
Two days later, the driver turned himself in to police after seeing news of the hit-and-run on the local news station. The man explained that he needed to do “the right thing.” He was arrested and charged with several felony offenses. The passenger of the truck also turned himself in, explaining to police that he was half-asleep when he heard a loud thump. At the time, he claimed neither he nor the driver knew what it was, but that the driver “freaked out” and accelerated away. Later, the two inspected the truck but did not see any damage.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Bicycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland bicycle accident, the dedicated Maryland personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers may be able to help. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you or your loved one has sustained. At Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers we pride ourselves in providing our clients with the dedicated advocates they deserve in what is most certainly a very difficult time. We make the process as simple and straightforward as possible by communicating directly with insurance companies on your behalf. To learn more, call 410-654-3600 to schedule your free consultation today.
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Court Finds Government Liable in Recent Case Alleging Negligent Road Design, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 20, 2018.
Bike Accidents Involving Children Are Frighteningly Common, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 5, 2018.