Although there are fairly uniform motor vehicle traffic rules across the United States, the same cannot be said about laws related to bike riders. If you’ve been injured while riding your bike on Maryland streets, you may be curious to know what Maryland bike laws are. Here we’ll look at to what extent Maryland has a vulnerable-road-user law.
In the vulnerable road user laws of some states, cyclists and certain other road users, like skaters or motorcyclists, who are not protected by a big hunk of steel that makes up an automobile’s body are identified as vulnerable. And if a driver seriously injures or kills a vulnerable person and is charged with careless driving, additional penalties may be enforced against the driver, in addition to the penalties that apply to whatever laws he or she has violated. For example, if the driver passes a cyclist in a no-passing zone and strikes the cyclist, the driver would face penalties for hitting a vulnerable person, as well as penalties for passing in a no-passing zone.
Many states do not have vulnerable road user laws, and–despite the efforts by bike advocacy groups–Maryland is one of the states without one.
However, if you’ve been injured on your bike due to the negligence or recklessness of someone driving an automobile, you may be able to make them pay–in civil court. If you’re a cyclist who has been injured in a collision with an automobile in Maryland, call 888-542-4743 as soon as you can.