A bicycle accident can change your life forever, and unfortunately, such accidents are far too common in our state. If you have been injured 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
- Between 2013 and 2017, there was an average of 200 bicycle accidents every year.
- An average of two bicycle riders were killed each year in these crashes.
- Most of the bicycle accidents occurred in urban areas and during the summer months. (July and August were the highest, likely because the weather is ideal for bicycling.)
- Most bike accidents occurred on Wednesday and Thursday, and between the hours of 2 and 6 PM.
- The average age of victims was between 15 and 24.
Twin Cities Bicycle Accident Map
Below 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. If it happens to you, a personal injury lawyer will help you get the compensation you need to recover.
Maine Bicycle Accident Legislation
In the state of Maine, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle operators. You are required to ride with the traffic and obey all traffic signs and signals. You have the right to be on most public roads, even when a parallel bike path or sidewalk is available. Bicyclists should also ride as far to the right as possible, except in circumstances when bicyclists may ride toward the middle of the lane, such as when you are preparing to turn left or while passing other vehicles.
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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. Even if you don’t believe that you incurred a serious injury, see your doctor as soon as possible. Even a brain injury can have symptoms that are not readily apparent.
- 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 accident attorneys at the law firm of Fales & Fales understand personal injury law and how it applies in bicycle accidents. We look out for our clients, helping them receive fair compensation for their damages, including their medical bills. If you or a loved one are hurt in a bicycle crash or a wrongful death occurs, let us help. Contact us today to schedule a case review or learn more.