Earlier last month, a lead singer for the legendary pop band U2 was involved in a serious accident while riding his bicycle in Central Park in New York City. According to one report by Rolling Stone Magazine, the singer had to undergo a five-hour surgery, requiring 18 screws to be put into his shoulder and hand. He also fractured his orbital socket and his left arm.
Evidently, the singer was riding his bike in Central Park when he attempted to avoid another cyclist. In doing so, he lost control of his bike and ended up crashing. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where doctors addressed his broken arm. Several days later, he underwent a surgery to repair a broken pinky finger.
The doctor describes the accident as a “high energy cycling accident” that was caused by Bono’s attempt to avoid another oncoming cyclist. He said that while the accident was extreme, and the singer’s condition was serious, he expects Bono to make an eventual full recovery. It is expected that Bono will require several months of rehab and recuperation time. It is unclear if his injuries will interfere with any of his tour dates.
Bicycle Accidents Can Be Serious
Most of the bicycle accidents we talk about on this blog involve a motor vehicle and a bicycle. Obviously, those accidents present a very real possibility of serious injury or death, due to the fact that a several-thousand-pound vehicle is involved. However, as the story above indicates, accidents involving only bicycles can also result in serious injury.
While it is unclear exactly how the accident above occurred, it seems that one of the riders was in the other rider’s way. It also seems that—given the severity of the injuries—Bono was traveling at a fairly high speed. These facts, while speculative at this stage, are ones that could eventually go into a fault determination if a civil cause of action were filed by either party.
Determining Fault in Maryland Bicycle Accidents
As with car accidents, it is imperative that fault be apportioned before a party can recover for his or her injuries in a Maryland court. Most often, a police investigation assists in determining fault. However, when there is no police investigation conducted, an investigation may be conducted by a personal injury attorney in order to determine what really happened.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious Maryland Bicycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious bicycle accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, keep in mind that Maryland law only allows recovery for accident victims who are truly 100% without fault. Even a victim who is determined to be 5% at fault may be barred from ever recovering a penny for his or her injuries. Therefore, it is critically important that you speak to a dedicated and experienced Maryland personal injury attorney before bringing your claim. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free initial consultation with an attorney.
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