Why Has There Been an Increase in Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accidents in Maryland?

By Peter DePaolis

Recently, there have been an increasing number of reports concerning Maryland cyclists that have been seriously injured or even killed in accidents with hit-and-run drivers. There are many reasons for this trend; according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40 percent of transportation accidents in 2009 that resulted in cyclist fatalities involved alcohol use by either the driver or the cyclist.

To share the road safely with bicyclists, drivers should:

  • Watch for cyclists and yield to them when appropriate
  • Check for cyclists before opening a car door
  • Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Maintain a safe distance when passing a cyclist

Serious bicycle accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, which often require costly medical treatment and lengthy rehabilitation. If a driver’s recklessness caused your bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Another Cyclist Struck by a Hit-and-Run Driver in Baltimore

According to WJLA ABC 7, an Arlington cyclist is in intensive care at Baltimore Shock Trauma after being critically injured by a hit-and-run driver in Anne Arundel County on February 23. This serious collision follows another hit-and-run accident that occurred only one day before, when a separate cyclist was struck and seriously injured by a driver in Davidsonville.

Police are currently searching for the drivers involved in both incidents.

As Julie Heiden discusses in the video above, the attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. work to protect the rights of bicycle accident victims and remain committed to increasing awareness about bicycle safety.

If you have suffered serious injuries or if a loved one died in a bicycle accident, call our firm today for a free consultation. Our firm has a proven track record representing victims of transportation accidents, and we will fight to ensure you receive the fair and just compensation you deserve.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Source: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/02/bicyclists-struck-by-hit-and-run-drivers-in-separate-md-incidents-100484.html

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.