According to the ROSPA, there were 18,844 reported cycling related injuries in 2015. What's alarming about this number is that ROSPA estimates that number would be two to three times larger if we could count the unreported cases. While cycling related deaths have been decreasing in recent decades, the number of injuries is still very high. In fact, with the ever-increasing number of bikes on the streets, the chances of an accident occurring with bike involvement, continues to rise. In Washington, DC, the city now offers dedicated lanes and bike-share campaign which adds more bikes to the city's streets. The bike-share endeavor has been replicated in neighboring areas, including parts of Maryland and Virginia.
The law regarding bikes on the road is simple. Those operating a bicycle on the road have the same rights and responsibilities as operators of motor vehicles. The only difference is that when a car or truck driver is negligent, and a bicyclist is injured, the injuries are likely to be severe, as there is virtually no protection for the bike rider and his or her passenger (if any). Due to the estimated number of unreported cases being so high, in the case of a hit and run, it's important to try to get the license plate number of the vehicle. This allows a lawyer to get the name, address, and any insurance information through the Motor Vehicle Administration.
There are a number of intersections in the Washington, DC area ranked in or near the top, in terms of how dangerous those intersections are to bicyclists. When riding a bike, always be alert, wear bright reflective clothing and a helmet, and use a light. Gelb and Gelb has worked with over 10,000 clients, has settled in excess of $100,000,000, and has a vast array of experience in dealing with bike accident cases over the 60+ since we've been practicing. If you're injured while riding bike your bike, it's imperative that you call to discuss your case with an experienced attorney to discuss your options. D.C., Maryland, and Virginia attorney Roger Gelb and his firm have represented over 10,000 clients and have recovered in excess of $100,000,000.00 (one hundred millions dollars) since its founding in 1954. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Roger Gelb is currently representing a bicyclist who, while traveling in a dedicated bike lane in Bowie, Maryland was rear-ended by a car. Naturally, the bicycle offers little to no protection from vehicle impact. The client's injuries include significant bruising and lacerations, a head injury, a serious shoulder injury, and various other aches and pains. In this particular instance, the damaged bike cost over $11,000.00 and the wheels on the bike were originally $1,500.00 a piece. So in addition to the valuable injury claim, the adverse party is on the hook for a significant property damage pay out. Also, because the vehicle that struck the client was insured in Maryland, there are also Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits available.