Bicycle accidents are a common, and sometimes catastrophic occurrence for many individuals. Recently, our Maryland bicycle accident attorneys learned of a nearby Annapolis cyclist who was injured in a hit-and-run accident while in the final portion of a cross-country charity cycling trip to raise money to help the hearing impaired.
Jacob Landis, 24, of Annapolis, was riding on a highway in Polk County, located in Central Florida, when he was clipped by a semi-truck’s mirror and knocked unconscious. According to Alyssa Sullivan, a spokeswoman for Landis’ charitable organization, Jacob’s Ride, he suffered a concussion, numerous small fractures, and lacerations on his face.
A witness to the accident, who was following along behind Landis during his ride, witnessed the accident, and stated that the driver of the semi-truck hit Landis and then drove away from the scene.
Landis, who began losing his own hearing as a child, received a cochlear implant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the late 1990s. In some cases, recipients are able to hear well enough to understand speech following the surgery.
Jacob Landis is not only an avid cycler, but also a fan of baseball, riding his bike to 30 different MLB stadiums across America in an effort to raise money for those who need cochlear implants, but can’t afford them.
Landis was traveling from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he watched the Baltimore Orioles play Tampa Bay. At the time he was struck on September 21, he was traveling from St. Petersburg to Miami, where he was supposed to throw out the first pitch at the Miami Marlins game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
So far, Landis has raised around $200,000 through his charitable bike rides, with a goal of reaching the $1 million mark. According to Sullivan, once Landis recovers from his injuries, he hopes to be able to finish the last leg of his cross-country ride, which was unfortunately cut short by the accident.
Many bicycle accidents are completely avoidable when motorists follow safe driving habits and cyclists follow established bike laws. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Maryland, Virginia, or the D.C. area, our team of experienced bicycle accident attorneys may be able to help you receive the fair and full compensation you are entitled to. Call Lewis & Tompkins at 202-296-0666 today to discuss your case. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case.