Although there are fairly uniform motor vehicle traffic rules across the United States, the same cannot be said about laws related to bike riders. Let’s have a look at some of the laws related to bike riding in Maryland. More specifically, let’s look at laws concerning distracted driving, a cause of many collisions between cyclists and cars.
Maryland has laws intended to reduce distracted driving (some of which are subject to exceptions).
- Drivers under the age of 18 cannot use a wireless communication device while driving.
- Drivers cannot write, send or read a text message or email while driving.
- A driver of a Class H (school) vehicle may not use a handheld telephone when driving a motor vehicle carrying passengers and in motion.
- A holder of a learner’s instructional permit or a provisional driver’s license who is 18 years of age or older cannot use a handheld telephone while driving.
If you have been struck by a distracted driver in Maryland, call 888-542-4743 as soon as you can.