Every year, far too many Maryland residents are injured or even killed in Maryland bicycle accidents. But the state government has exciting news on increased funding for programs that could help prevent these tragic accidents. Late last month, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced two new federal grant programs, with more than $13 million in grants, to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity in Maryland. According to a local Baltimore news report, the programs will fund 26 different projects sponsored by transportation agencies, local jurisdictions, and non-profits.
Governor Hogan explained the his “administration remains committed to prioritizing safety and connectivity in Maryland’s transportation network,” and that the grants will help local communities ensure safer roads for all. A large portion of the funds will go towards establishing on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities and working on “Safe Routes to School” projects. Many countries can expect to see bike paths created or repaired, and roads designed focused on safety. In Baltimore County, for example, $360,000 has been awarded to create a new network of trails at Patapsco Valley State Park. Tim Smith, the State Highway Administration Administrator for the Maryland Department of Transportation, explained that the grants represent an ongoing commitment to the safety of all motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists throughout the state.
Hopefully, these grants and the subsequent projects will lead to a significant decrease in the number of Maryland bicycle accidents each year. However, these accidents will not disappear completely, and motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists should all be aware of their risks when traveling. If an accident occurs, Maryland law allows those injured to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover financially for the harm caused. These lawsuits can provide accident victims with money to cover their past and future medical expenses, lost wages as a result of their injuries, and even their pain and suffering. However, unfortunately, getting this compensation is not an easy process—accident victims must file suit in court and go through the process of either bringing the case to trial or reaching a settlement deal with the defendant. Because this can be an intimidating process, individuals thinking of filing suit are encouraged to work with a Maryland personal injury attorney to help them know what to expect and prepare their case.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Bicycle Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a Maryland bicycle or motorcycle accident waste no time before calling the personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be a tough but important process. Having an experienced advocate by your side helping you through every step of the way can be very beneficial. We will work hard for you and your family because we want you to get your family the compensation needed to help you move past the accident and get on with your life. Plus, because we work on a contingency basis, we don’t get paid unless you do. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, call us today at 800-654-1949.