Baltimore is a thriving metropolis in Maryland, boasting the title of the 30th most populous city in the nation. The city has a complex system of bicycle routes and paths, many of which cross through the main downtown area. Unfortunately, bicycle lanes or trail systems can’t prevent collisions 100% of the time. In 2016, there were 238 bicycle accidents in Baltimore City. This was the highest number in a five-year record. Of these Baltimore accidents, 185 caused injuries and one was fatal.
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy is proud to represent bicycle accident victims and their loved ones in Baltimore personal injury claims. The Murphy family has practiced law for over 70 years and earned a name within the community for powerful legal services and aggressive representation. Our long history of success in and out of the courtroom is a testament to how hard we work for our clients. After a bicycle accident in Baltimore, contact us for a free consultation. You might be able to become a part of our unparalleled record of success.
Maryland is a pure contributory negligence state. This can be bad news for vehicle accident victims, as it means that even 1% of fault can bar them from recovery. One of the most common defenses in bicycle accident claims is that the bicyclist contributed to the crash by breaking a roadway rule or disobeying a city-specific statute. Knowing the laws in Baltimore can help you protect your rights after an accident.
Bicycles must obey the rules of the road in Baltimore. Bikes are “vehicles” in Maryland, and operators must, therefore, obey the same rules as automobiles. When a bicycle is on a regular road, drivers cannot pass a bicycle closer than three feet away. Drivers must pass at a safe distance and always leave bikers plenty of space. If they pass a bicyclist, drivers must make sure the bicyclist is a safe distance away before making a turn.
When a vehicle is making a turn, the bicycle has the right-of-way. Motorists must yield cyclists the right-of-way when trying to make turns. Motorists must also yield the right-of-way to bicyclists operating in bicycle lanes and on shoulders when drivers are entering or crossing these areas. Bicyclists also get right-of-way when lawfully riding on the sidewalk and using a crosswalk. All bicyclists under the age of 16 must wear helmets in Maryland.
In a collision between an automobile and a bicycle, the automobile always wins. Bicyclists and other pedal cyclists do not have the same protections in a crash and, generally, sustain more serious injuries than the driver of the vehicle. Bicycle helmets and pads aren’t always enough to prevent injuries such as broken bones, cuts and scrapes, muscle injuries, and skull and brain injuries. No matter how careful you are as a cyclist in Baltimore, you could end up the victim of an accident. Drivers can cause bike accidents through acts of negligence such as:
While not every bicycle accident comes down to the driver’s fault, many in Baltimore do. Some of the city’s most dangerous intersections have seen horrific bicycle and pedestrian accidents, all because impatient or reckless drivers fail to obey their duties of care on the road.
If this sounds like your situation, talk to one of our Baltimore accident lawyers about your rights to bring a claim against the driver. A personal injury claim could result in payment for all of your accident-related damages, including medical costs, property damage, and pain and suffering. Call (410) 951-8744 to schedule a consultation today.