Bicycle Accident Lawyer

 

Maryland Bicycle Accident Lawyer


Attorney George Patterson was a competitive cyclist and trained as part of an organized team for multiple races.  Bicycle accidents are unfortunately very common due to busy and narrow roads.  Bicyclists are permitted on all Maryland roads with the exception of roads with a maximum speed limit over 50 miles per hour or on an expressway.  On roads without a bike lane a bicyclist may use the roadway or the shoulder.  If there is a smooth paved bike lane the cyclist must use the bike lane except when passing another bicyclist and it cannot be done safely in the bike lane, when preparing to turn left, when reasonably necessary to avoid debris or to move out of a bike lane that is overlaid with a turn lane, merge lane or other marking that interrupts the lane. Before leaving a bike lane the cyclist must give a signal before leaving the lane.  As with any other lane change the change cannot be made until it is safe to do so.  

Every operator of a bicycle on a public roadway has the same rights and responsibilities as a motorist except where specially exempted by statute or for the provisions that cannot due to the very nature of the provision apply to a bicyclist.  Due to the slower speed of bicyclists they are required to ride on the right side of the road as is reasonably practicable and safe unless making a left turn, operating on a one way street, passing a slower or stopped vehicle, avoiding pedestrians, staying out of a right turn only or operating in a lane that is too narrow to safely accomodate a bicyclist and another vehicle.  Bicyclists are only permitted to ride two abreast when not impeding traffic. A Bicyclist is also not permitted to ride with headphones.  Bicyclists are permitted to ride on a sidewalk but are not required to do so.  There may be local regulations that may prohibit bicyclists on certain sidewalks. 

Motorists have to share the road with bicyclists.  In practice this requires motorists to pass bicyclists at a distance of at least 3 feet.  There are some exceptions to this due to road conditions and size.  It is also against the law for a motorist to open a car door with the intent to injure or interfere with a bicyclists use of the road.  It is also against the law for a person throw an object at a bicyclist. 

Despite these rules it is very dangerous to ride a bicycle on many Maryland roads.  Cell phone use by motorists has added a new hazard for cyclists.  Motorists that violate the law by looking at there cell phone often permit their cars to drift to the right where cyclists ride.  In addition, there are many narrow roads where motorists that fail to observe speed limits are confronted by cyclists with insufficent time to react. 

  If you or a loved one has been struck by a car while on a bike please contact George or Maria Patterson to arrange for a free consultation.  The Bike accident lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott RGPH has an office located in Bowie near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 301 and in Rockville near the Courthouse

Each case is different.  Past records are no assurance that our lawyers will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case.


 

The Bowie pedestrian accident lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon HIll, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Riverdale.
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