Q: How do I know who is at fault for injuries I received in a Maryland car-versus-bike accident?
When it comes to determining who is fault for serious injuries that a bicyclist has sustained in a Maryland car accident, it may seem simple enough to assume that the driver of the vehicle is at fault. However, that is not always the case. Who is at fault for your Maryland bicycling accident will depend largely on what traffic laws were in effect at the time of the accident.
For example, if a bicyclist is injured while attempting to turn left in front of a car, then the bicyclist may very well be at fault. However, if the accident occurred at a four-way stop, and the bicyclist stopped before turning, then the driver may be at fault. A police investigation will determine if any traffic laws were broken and, therefore, who was at fault.
Maryland state law requires bicyclists to follow the same laws as motor vehicles and drivers to treat bicycles the same as other vehicles. As such, police will consider all pertinent traffic laws to determine who was at fault for causing the collision and therefore the injuries. If there is any doubt as to who caused your accident, you should talk with an attorney who can help prove your case and keep you eligible for compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a Maryland bicycling accident with a car, you are likely dealing with serious injury. To see how we can help you recoup damages and get you back in control of your life, call the experienced Maryland auto accident lawyers of Nickelsporn and Lundin today at 800-875-9700. We offer all potential clients a free initial consultation.