By: Joseph T. Dunn, Esq.
It goes without saying that bicycle riders would be wise to always wear a helmet and operate with extreme caution whenever possible. However, a basic understanding of Maryland bicycle-related traffic laws may go a far way in helping bicycle riders, and fellow drivers, stay safe.
First and foremost it should be known that when a bicycle is traveling on the street, it is considered a vehicle; thus the rider must follow the same rules of the road governing the drivers of automobiles. This includes traveling in the same direction as traffic, obeying traffic signals, and always signaling your turns.
Conversely, drivers of automobiles must treat bicyclists the same as any other driver as well. Meaning drivers must grant bicyclists the right of way when appropriate, provide at least 3-feet between their car and a bicyclist when passing, and avoid contact with bicyclists whenever possible. If the driver of a car fails to operate their vehicle in a safe manner around bicyclists, the driver may not only be liable for a traffic violation, they may be civilly liable as well. This means if the driver of a car acts negligently in causing a bicyclist’s injury, the bicyclist may file a lawsuit to be compensated for their medical expenses and lost income, as well as any pain and suffering endured as a result of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in any kind of bicycle accident in the DMV area, call GDH Law. Our team of experienced attorneys can help you get back on your feet and get the money you deserve after a bicycle or car accident. Take advantage of our free, no-obligation consultation today. We can be reached at our offices at (301)-769-6835, or by email at [email protected].