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2 cyclists struck, 1 critically injured in Maryland car accident

A bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle while riding alongside a road in Maryland gives a harrowing account of the crash, explaining that everything "kind of went black" for him when he was hit. The man, who was cycling with his 23-year-old girlfriend at the time of the crash, suffered moderate injury. The woman, however, remains in serious condition in a local hospital after suffering serious wounds in the car accident.

Reports show that the couple was riding in a designated bike lane along Route 450 in Annapolis when they were struck by a suspected drunk driver. That woman, age 54, apparently had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent at the time of the auto accident. That is nearly twice the legal limit for driving in the state of Maryland.

Family members say the young woman who was struck by the car suffered four broken bones, including fractures in her hand and leg. She has already undergone two separate surgeries, and she is expected to require more invasive medical treatment because of her injuries. The young woman also had to undergo a tracheostomy to help her breathe because of damage to her trachea during the car accident.

The victims in this case were following the law by riding in a designated bicycle lane when they were hit by a drunk driver. These victims and other cyclists who are injured by intoxicated motorists deserve financial compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering and other costs associated with the accident caused by a drunk driver. No one should have to worry about being struck by a negligent driver while they are following the law themselves.

Source: CapitalGazette.com, "Bicyclist in crash: 'Everything just kind of went black'," July 1, 2014

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