Although there are fairly uniform traffic laws across the United States for motor vehicles, the same cannot be said about laws related to bike riders. Since laws pertaining to bike riders vary greatly from state to state, let’s have a look at some of the laws related to bike riders in Maryland. More specifically, here in this post, let’s look at the law involving what part of the road bike riders must use.
Maryland mandates that, apart from certain exceptions, riders stay as close as practicable and safe to the right side of the road, if the riders are riding at a speed lower than the speed of traffic.
Such exceptions include when
- the rider is making or attempting a left turn,
- the rider is on a one-way street,
- the rider is passing a stopped or slower-moving vehicle,
- the rider is avoiding a pedestrian or road hazard,
- the rider is in a lane that is too small for a bike and another vehicle to safely ride side by side, or
- the rider is in a right-turn-only lane.
Additionally, Maryland law requires that a bike rider use a bike lane where available, unless that lane is not smooth and paved.
Now, if you’re a bike rider who has been injured in a collision with an automobile in Maryland, you likely have questions or concerns about where, in terms of the law, you stand. Well, if you have not yet started a lawsuit and are contemplating bringing one, I encourage you to pick up the phone and call me. I can answer your legal questions. I would love to chat with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.