Baltimore Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Many of us rely on our bicycles to get to and from work and to run our errands. Others simply enjoy the exercise and fun that riding a bicycle can bring. No matter why, when, or where you ride your bicycle, there is the chance you will be involved in a bicycle accident. This is also true when you are driving your car. If you have suffered injuries, the experienced Baltimore bicycle accident lawyer at the Law Office of Hasson D. Barnes, LLC can help you today.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
Bicycle accidents, like all other kinds of accident, have a variety of causes. Sometimes, bad weather or run-ins with wildlife make them unavoidable. In many more cases, bicycle accidents result from one or more parties’ negligence.
The negligence could be on the part of the government or private entity charged with maintaining the roadway, park, or bicycle path where the accident occurred if it happened because of the roadway’s poor design or lackluster maintenance. When an accident occurs because of a malfunction in the bicycle or another vehicle, that vehicle’s manufacturer, seller, or even mechanic can be the negligent party.
Bicycle accidents can also result from human negligence. This can be on the part of a motorist, the bicyclist, or a third party. Examples of negligence that can cause bicycle accidents include:
- Drunk driving or bicycling;
- Distracted driving, bicycling, or walking;
- Failure to signal properly;
- Failure to maintain a safe following distance; and
- Failure to remain in the designated space for a specific vehicle, such as a bicycle path for a bicycle.
Injuries you Can Suffer in a Bicycle Accident
There are many ways you can be injured in a bicycle accident. Wearing a helmet can reduce your chance of suffering a traumatic brain injury, but it cannot totally insulate you from the possibility of being injured. Other injuries you could suffer include:
- Broken bones;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Cuts; and
- Scratches and bruises.
Pursuing Compensation for your Damages After a Bicycle Accident
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you can pursue monetary compensation for the following damages through a personal injury claim:
- Your medical expenses;
- Your lost wages; and
- Your pain and suffering damages.
In order to recover compensation for these damages, you must prove that your injury was caused by the other party’s negligence. You can do this with evidence like:
- Photographs of the accident scene;
- A copy of the official police report;
- Eyewitness testimonies of the accident; and
- Commentary from your doctor discussing your injury’s cause.
Work with a Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer who Can be your Advocate
If you were injured in a Baltimore bicycle accident and you are now facing steep financial damages, work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to file a personal injury claim to pursue monetary compensation for your losses. To get started with a member of our team, contact the Law Office of Hasson D. Barnes, LLC today by calling us at 443-423-0548.