Many people use bicycles for a variety of reasons. This can be as a mode of transportation, for leisure, or even as a form of exercise. It is important for bicyclists to be careful when they are out on the road because bikes do not offer riders any protection. Unlike a car, they are exposed to any potential hazards. It is because of this that they should wear protective gear such as helmets, and reflective wear. This can provide assistance in the event of an accident. However, it cannot always prevent accidents or injuries. This is why bicyclists must ride cautiously while on the road.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
When a bicyclist is involved in an accident, it is possible for them to sustain a life-impacting injury. This is why it is important for those injured in bicycle accidents to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to help their case. While there are many ways a bicycle accident can occur, some can be the result of negligence. Different causes of bike accidents can include the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Using electronic devices without hands-free technology
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
Those who are seriously injured in an accident with an automobile may be entitled to receive compensation for any damages incurred as a result. When facing these situations, it is important for the injured party to know the options available to them. If the bicyclist has an automobile of their own, they can be entitled to Personal Injury Protection (PIP). PIP is “no-fault” coverage that car insurance policies in Maryland carry for victims of accidents with an automobile. This provides compensation to cover damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and more as a result of the accident. This allows injured victims to recover without worrying about additional costs.
If the injured party does not have PIP insurance but has not waived it, it is possible for them to receive PIP compensation through the at-fault driver’s policy. They may also receive compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Doing so allows them to hold a negligent party liable for causing their injuries. However, in order to do so, the injured party is required to prove negligence by satisfying the burden of proof. This can be achieved with evidence such as medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or videos of the scene of the accident, and any witnesses.
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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County, Maryland who have been seriously injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Let our firm explore all possible methods of recovering the compensation you are entitled to. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.