Learning to ride a bicycle is a rite of passage for many children and can become a hobby that boasts health benefits as well as practical ones. However, while riding around town is a great, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective alternative to driving, there are risks involved when one rides a bicycle on or across roads. Bicyclists, even when wearing helmets and other protective gear, are vulnerable on the road, and are more likely to be severely injured if they are tragically involved in a Maryland motor vehicle accident.
Collisions between bicycles and cars are rare but not unheard of. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedal cyclists deaths account for about 2.1% of motor vehicle traffic fatalities. In 2017, there were 864 Maryland crashes involving bicycles, with 725 resulting in injuries and 11 resulting in at least one death.
These accidents can be extremely tragic, especially since children are a significant portion of those riding bicycles. Last month, a child riding his bicycle around his neighborhood was hit while crossing the street, resulting in serious injuries. A local news report covering the incident stated that the child had to be airlifted to two different hospitals in the aftermath to be treated for his injuries. Apparently, the driver is fully cooperating with officials, and has not been charged. The Chief of Police stated the crash was an accident.
Unfortunately, for the injured child and his family, the damage the crash caused cannot be undone. The family may now be saddled with medical expenses and may believe that there is no source of recovery since what happened was an “accident.” While this may be true, the police chief’s finding that it was an accident does not necessarily mean that the driver cannot be held civilly responsible. For example, Maryland law allows those injured in accidents to recover against a driver whose negligence or carelessness in any way led to the injuries. If a driver was distracted, for example, and did not see the child because he was looking at his phone, then the crash may be an “accident” but he may still be legally responsible. Because these calls can be tough, those unsure whether or not they have a path to legal recourse following a Maryland accident should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Maryland Accident?
If you or someone close to you has recently been injured in a Maryland bike accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers, right away. With decades of combined experience, our attorneys are fierce advocates for our clients, and are willing to do whatever it takes to get you just compensation. Personal injury law can be confusing; our attorneys have a deep understanding of the relevant laws and principles, and can assist you throughout every step of the process. To learn more and to schedule a free, no-risk consultation with one of our attorneys, call us today at 800-654-1949, or fill out our online form.