If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be facing serious injuries and a long road to recovery. Bicycle accidents are often the result of someone else’s negligent actions. Our experienced team of Maryland bicycle accident lawyers will guide you through the legal process. Our firm has decades of experience representing injured cyclists, and we will diligently fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Bicycle accidents can be severe because bicycles offer riders little protection. Bicycle accidents can cause severe and life-threatening injuries, resulting in significant pain, suffering, and possible lifetime disability.
It is always in your best interest to seek legal advice when you have been involved in an accident. An experienced personal injury lawyer can maximize your recovery and take the burden of proving your case off your shoulders while you recover. A bicycle accident lawyer will bring experience and resources to your Maryland personal injury case. Your bicycle accident lawyer will perform many services, some of which include:
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At Regan Zambri Long, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with stellar legal counsel and resources. Our firm has a reputation for providing the following services:
At Regan Zambri Long, our clients are our top priority. Our lawyers know the intricacies of Maryland biking and personal injury law. Regan Zambri Long is a nationally recognized law firm and has won more than $650 million in compensation for its clients. You have many options when choosing which firm should represent you, so you should choose a firm that you are comfortable with. A bicycle accident lawyer will have the experience to negotiate the settlement you deserve and will not let you be taken advantage of.
Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we will not charge you for legal services until after we have secured your financial compensation, and if we do not win your case and recover compensation on your behalf, we will waive all legal fees. Call 202-960-4596 to schedule your free consultation.
You’ve scheduled your initial consultation. What now? When you come to the office for your consultation, you should try to bring any relevant information with you regarding your accident. The following are important documents that would be helpful to bring to a consultation:
Don’t worry if you don’t have this information yet, but certainly, bring it to your consultation if you do. The more information you can bring to your consultation, the better your attorney can prepare for your lawsuit, inform you of the likelihood of your claim’s success, and project an amount for your compensation.
Bike accidents are common, especially in metro areas. The National Safety Council reports that there were 1,260 preventable bicycle-related deaths and 325, 173 preventable nonfatal injuries in the United States in 2020. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) says that bicycle trips make up only 1% of all trips in the United States, yet bicyclists account for over 2% of people who die in a crash involving a motor vehicle on roads nationwide. In Montgomery County, Maryland, alone, there were 241 serious or fatal bicycle crashes in 2021 according to the county’s Vision Zero 2022 report.
Most cycling accidents are due to negligence. Some of the most common negligent causes of bicycle accidents are:
Bicycle accidents can also be caused by the negligence of non-drivers. This could be because of:
In a hit-and-run, call 911 immediately. The faster you call the police, the better the chances of the at-fault driver being found. If you have been injured, you should stay calm and assess your condition. Even if you believe you are fine, you should seek medical treatment. If you are in stable condition and are able, you should try to get the contact information of the other party, and take pictures of the scene, your bicycle, and your injuries. Do not admit fault or apologize as this can limit your future lawsuit and can hurt your case. After the accident, consider speaking with an attorney. An experienced attorney can help you through the process, ensure that you do not miss deadlines, and alleviate the burden of proving your case alone.
There are special laws for cyclists in the state of Maryland:
Bicycles should be cautious and proactive when riding their bicycles and should always practice basic bicycle safety. Cyclists should stay visible by choosing bright and reflective clothing, staying alert and aware of their surroundings, and maintaining their bicycle and keeping it in good condition.
Other good rules of thumb for cycling safety are:
The most important way to reduce the risk of a bicycle accident is wearing a helmet. A helmet is the most important safety equipment a cyclist can wear because a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that wearing a helmet reduced the likelihood of serious head injuries by 60 percent. Maryland does not have a universal bicycle helmet law and different jurisdictions in the state have different laws. Some counties require all cyclists to wear a helmet.
Maryland has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which includes bicycle accidents. You have three years from the date of the accident to file your claim. If you have any more questions about when to file, please contact us for a consultation.