Bicycle Accidents

Skilled Advocacy For Injured Bicyclists

Bike riding is an activity used for energy conservation, sightseeing and mere enjoyment. However, bike riders often have to trust that auto operators are paying attention and following the rules of the road.

When you’re struck by a car while operating a bike, you have very little protection from injuries. Bike riders can suffer minor injuries, such as scrapes and road rash, but can also suffer more serious injuries, including broken bones and head, neck or spinal injuries.

Bicyclists’ Responsibilities

Cyclists in Maryland and Washington, D.C., have similar rights and regulations as actual drivers. In any situation, it is the responsibility of the cyclist to act in a way that prevents them from jeopardizing their own life or the lives of others. General rules for this include:

  • Riding with the flow of traffic
  • Exercising care when passing
  • Using bike lanes when available
  • Yielding the right of way to pedestrians
  • Using a front white light and rear red reflector or light when dark

Motorists’ Responsibilities

Driver responsibilities include:

  • Keeping at least three feet of space between the driver and cyclist
  • Not opening doors of the vehicle when it may interfere with the cyclist
  • Not intentionally or unintentionally blocking the pathway of a cyclist or hitting them

In the event that these roles are not fulfilled, the individual impacted suffers an accident caused by the negligent behavior of another person.

Helping You Take Legal Action

Bike riders in Maryland and Washington, D.C., who have been injured after being involved in an accident with an automobile or truck may have grounds to file a personal injury suit against the other driver if they acted in a negligent manner.

At Morris Margulies, we’ll help you review the causes of the accident and hold the responsible party financially accountable.

Begin The Process Today

At Morris Margulies, our team is experienced in representing bicyclists injured because of the carelessness of other motorists.

Complete our online form or call us at 301-816-1600 for a free case evaluation so we can discuss your options. There is no fee unless we win your case.