Authored by Ira Sherman
There are many bike paths and trails throughout Maryland. Each day, local
residents and tourist can be found riding their bicycles as a form of
recreation, exercise, and commuting. Although bike traffic is a common
site in this state, riders still face a number of dangers, especially
from inattentive and negligent drivers. Whatever the case may be, Maryland
law states that bicyclists have the same rights and are subject to the
same traffic laws as motor vehicles.
Unfortunately, far too many drivers are unaware of riders' rights and
all too often fail to uphold their duties to safely share the road. As
a result, Maryland sees a significant number of bicycle accidents each
year. There were more than 800 in 2012 alone, according to the Maryland
Department of Transportation. Of these, 790 involved injuries. This means
that roughly 98% of bicycle accidents in Maryland result in injuries.
As bicycle riders face such alarming risks of suffering harm during traffic
accidents, it is essential that they do everything they can to protect
themselves. The following tips can help riders of all ages stay safe on
- · Wear a helmet; brain injuries occur at higher rates when riders
do not wear helmets.
- · Wear bright clothing, use lights, and make sure you are visible
to motorists during the day and at night.
- · Ride with traffic and stop and look both ways before entering
a street or intersection.
- · Use hand signals and pass vehicles with caution.
- · Practice defensive riding, watch for road hazards, and be aware
of nearby vehicles.
Even when bicyclists obey the rules of the road and ride defensively, they
may still fall victim to the negligence of other drivers. When another
driver causes a bicycle accident serious enough to injure a rider, victims
can pursue a recovery of their damages by filing a personal injury claim.
If you or your loved one has recently been injured during a bicycle accident,
allow a Maryland personal injury attorney from Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata
& Siegel, P.C. to review your case, inform you of your rights, and
explain how we can help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
Contact our firm to discuss your needs.