A bicycle accident can change your life forever, and unfortunately, such accidents are far too common in our state. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the experienced attorneys at Fales & Fales can help you pursue justice.
Maine Bicycle Accident Statistics
- In 2014, 210 bicycle accidents occurred in Maine.
- 2 of the bicycle accidents resulted in fatalities, while another 193 resulted in injuries.
- Most of the bicycle accidents occurred in urban areas and during the summer months (July & Aug were highest)
- Most bike accidents occured on Wednesday and Thursday, and between the hours of 2 and 6 PM.
- The most common age of victims was between 15 and 24.
Twin Cities Bicycle Accident Map
Here is a map of the bicycle accidents (dark red) in Lewiston and Auburn last year. You can click the image to view a larger version, but it’s clear that crashes can happen anywhere.
Maine Bicycle Accident Legislation
In the state of Maine, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as operators of motor vehicles. Bicyclists are required to ride with the traffic, and they must obey all traffic signs and signals just like motorists. Bicyclists have the right to be on most public roads, even when a parallel bike path or sidewalk is available. Bicyclists should ride as far to the right as possible, except in circumstances when bicyclists may ride toward the middle of the lane such as when preparing to turn left or while passing other vehicles.
Motorists also have certain responsibilities when sharing the road with bicycles. For example, when passing a bicycle, motorists must provide the bicyclist with at least three feet of clearance. Unless it is reasonably safe to do so, motorists passing a bicyclist are not permitted to make a right turn. Motorists opening car doors on the side of the road must watch for oncoming traffic, including bicycle traffic. Motorists driving near bicyclists should not sound their horns unnecessarily, as this may startle a bicyclist.
What to Do after a Bicycle Accident
If you are involved in a bicycle accident in Maine, follow these tips:
- Get to safety: If you are physically able, get yourself and your bicycle off the road to avoid further accidents or complications
- Call for help: Call the police after a bicycle accident. If you or anyone else is injured, call for an ambulance as well.
- Don’t leave the scene: Wait for the police to arrive on the scene so that you can give a statement.
- Collect evidence: Before leaving the scene, collect contact information from other people involved in the crash, as well as any witnesses. Take pictures of the scene, your injuries and any property damage.
- Contact an attorney: If another party was at fault for your bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more.
How We Protect Bicycle Accident Victims
The attorneys at Fales & Fales understand personal injury law and how it applies in bicycle accidents. We look out for our clients, helping them receive compensation for their damages, including their medical bills. Contact us today to learn more.