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Many Marylanders know that they are supposed to walk inside of a crosswalk
when crossing an intersection. However, most do not know the potential
consequences of failing to do so, and the many nuances in state laws,
like the effect of contributory negligence on pedestrians and crosswalks.
In fact, injury attorneys are confronted with the harsh consequences of
crosswalk accident cases every day. This piece addresses some tips on
how to avoid being on the wrong side of
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Understanding Maryland's Crosswalk Law
In Maryland, a crosswalk exists where a sidewalk ends at the street. Therefore,
there are two types of crosswalks. The first is
marked crosswalk.” The second, and less commonly known, is an "unmarked
An unmarked crosswalk is defined under Maryland law as "that part
of a roadway that is within the [continuation] or connection of the lateral
lines of sidewalks at any place where 2 or more roadways of any kind meet
or join, measured from the curbs, from the edges of the roadway."
In other words, there does not have to be a marked path or a sidewalk
on both sides of the street for a crosswalk to exist.
If a sidewalk approaches a street and ends, even if there is no sidewalk
on the opposite side of the street, an unmarked crosswalk exists where
the sidewalk would have extended into the street. Therefore, in unmarked
automobile accident victims have the right-of-way.
Pedestrians should also know that they may not cross an intersection
unless there is a crossing device that not only permits a pedestrian to
cross the intersection diagonally but also signals the pedestrian to do
so. Furthermore, a pedestrian is required by law to walk on the right
half of a crosswalk.
In the case of jay-walking pedestrians, Maryland places a high duty of
care on the pedestrian. This means that a pedestrian who crosses a street
without using a crosswalk has the responsibility of making sure that no
car hits them.
This is important because many people believe that the operators of vehicles
have the responsibility not to hit pedestrians. Yet, it is pedestrians
who have the responsibility of not being struck by a vehicle when crossing
at a location other than a crosswalk. Therefore, pedestrian accidents
that occur outside of a crosswalk often lead to no
personal injury recovery for such automobile accident victims.
PROTECTING YOUR RIGHT TO COMPENSATION
Maryland is one of the few states that requires its pedestrian accidents
attorneys to confront the rule of contributory negligence. Under Maryland
Contributory Negligence Law, if a person injured by another is negligent
leading up to the automobile accident that caused them harm, that person
is completely prevented from recovering against the party that injured
them in the collision. In the case of a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle,
this means that if a pedestrian fails to follow the proper rules of the
road regarding street-crossing, a pedestrian can be out of luck when he
or she looks to the Maryland courts for justice in their personal injury claim.
Because of contributory negligence laws in Maryland, even the best and
most experienced pedestrian accident attorneys can do little to help a
victim recover in an automobile accident case if he or she was negligent
in crossing the street. Therefore, it is important to know that when crossing
a street pedestrians should make sure to walk within crosswalks and obey
traffic signals. By doing this, the right-of-way is on your side, when
you need an accident attorney to fight for you.