Being involved in any Maryland bicycle accident is often a very traumatic experience. Hit-and-run accidents are no exception. In fact, for several reasons, Maryland hit-and-run accidents are considered by most to be one of the most traumatic types of motorcycle accidents.
A hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver is involved in an accident and then leaves the scene before checking to see if anyone else involved in the crash requires medical care. Because the identity of the at-fault motorist is not initially known, accident victims cannot focus solely on their recovery, and must work with law enforcement to help them locate the hit-and-run driver.
Often, police can locate a hit-and-run driver eventually, although that is not always the case. In the event that a Maryland hit-and-run driver is not ever found, an accident victim may still be able to pursue a claim for compensation. However, rather than file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company – as would be the case if the at-fault motorist was known – a hit-and-run accident victim must file a claim with their own insurance company, under the uninsured motorist provision. An experienced Maryland personal injury attorney can help those injured in a hit-and-run accident to pursue a claim.
Man Killed in Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident
Earlier last month, a man was killed when a Dodge Charger struck him as he was riding his bicycle to his mother’s home to watch the Super Bowl. According to a local news report, the driver who hit the cyclist was traveling at approximately 70 miles per hour at the time of the collision. After the crash, the motorist fled the scene, leaving the bicyclist critically wounded on the side of the road. The cyclist was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency workers.
Police received a tip a few days after the accident, leading them to the driver of the Charger. The man initially told police that he sold his car a few weeks before, and that he was not involved in the fatal accident. However, he later confessed to being the driver. Police located the Dodge Charger under a tarp in a nearby backyard. He currently faces several felony charges and the family of the deceased cyclist is considering a wrongful death lawsuit.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland hit-and-run accident, contact the dedicated Maryland personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we focus our practice on representing injury victims and their families in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. areas. We proudly stand up for the rights of accident victims against aggressive insurance companies and other corporate defendants. To learn more about how we can help you with your situation, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
The Recent Increase in Baltimore Scooter Accidents, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 7, 2019.
Recovering for the Wrongful Death of a Loved One Killed in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 21, 2019.