Salisbury Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Representing Injured Pedestrians and Cyclists
In order to get some exercise and reduce their environmental impact, some people make the conscious choice to walk or take a bicycle from place to place, provided the distance is small enough. Walking is healthy, and cycling is a hobby enjoyed by millions across the country. However, this often means being near major roads, and that increases the chance of injury. Maryland was the seventh riskiest state for pedestrians in 2015, with over 3,000 traffic accidents involving pedestrians and over 800 bicycle-involved crashes.
If you were struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle or getting around on foot, you should consult an experienced Salisbury pedestrian and bicycle accident attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. The attorneys at Hearne & Bailey, P.A., can evaluate your case and help plan a strategy for pursuing maximum available compensation for your medical bills, lost wage replacement, and pain and suffering. We know how stressful an injury can be, and we understand that it takes time and persistence to recover what you deserve after you have suffered a catastrophic injury. Once you meet our attorneys, we believe you will be ready to help us help you recover compensation for injuries and losses.
Cycling Accidents in Maryland
Cycling is growing rapidly in popularity. In addition to the health benefits, it’s a low-cost way of getting around. Some people take their bikes into work, while others go for a cruise during their free time at nights or on weekends. While cycling is generally safe, it can be dangerous to share the road with motorists. Cycling accidents often involve a collision with a vehicle, and vehicles have a significant size and speed advantage, making accidents particularly bad for cyclists.
Here are some sobering statistics about cycling accidents:
- On average in the U.S., a bicyclist dies every six hours in a traffic-related accident.
- Most bicyclists killed in accidents are male, and the average age is 40 to 45.
- A bicyclist without a helmet is 14 times likelier to die in a bicycle accident, and 50 to 80 percent of bicycle accident brain injuries could be prevented by helmets.
- In 2015, 841 bicycle-involved crashes occurred in Maryland. Out of those, 153 resulted in property damage, 678 caused injuries, and 10 were fatal. Altogether, 11 people died and 712 were injured.
Cyclists are required to follow several laws while on the road, both for their safety and so their behavior can be relatively predictable for passing motorists. Cyclists should make a conscious effort to share the road, and drivers should make a reasonable effort to accommodate them as well. For example, cyclists should always utilize the right-hand lane when traveling slowly, and all cyclists under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet. Following these laws will not only keep you safe, but keep your options for legal recourse protected as well.
Call Hearne & Bailey, P.A. at (410) 618-0903 today to request a free case evaluation and get the help you need with your case.
Pedestrian accidents are often extremely similar to bicycle accidents in that they usually involve a collision with a motorist. They’re also usually particularly bad because a vehicle is a large, heavy piece of metal traveling at high speed whereas a pedestrian often has no protection or armor to protect themselves. As a result, pedestrian injuries are often catastrophic and could be permanently life-altering.
In 2015, 3,089 pedestrian-involved crashes occurred in Maryland. 266 resulted in property damage, 2,724 caused injuries, and 99 were fatal. A total of 100 people died in pedestrian-involved accidents in Maryland in 2015, and 3,050 people were injured. Those are some particularly scary number when you consider how small Maryland is in comparison with some other states.