Maryland Pedestrian Crash Victims and Crosswalks. What you need to know.

It is fair to say that motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians are disproportionately deadly as compared to vehicle on vehicle collisions. This makes perfect sense as human beings weigh a fraction of what vehicles with occupants do. Consequently, Maryland law makes and effort to provide some greater protections for walking humans.

Specifically, Section 21-502 of the Maryland Transportation Article provides that vehicle drivers "shall" come to a stop when a pedestrian is crossing the road in a crosswalk. Makes simple sense. Pedestrians are prohibited from "suddenly" leaving a curb to walk or run into the path of a car which is close that it is "impossible" for the driver to yield.

As you can imagine words such as "impossible" make objective definition of the driver's duty tricky on a case to case basis.

This state law specifically mentions "unmarked crosswalk" as a place where drivers have to yield. as does Section 21-503. So what is an "unmarked crosswalk"?

For that one must turn to Section 21-101 where a crosswalk is defined as : 

Crosswalk” means that part of a roadway that is:

(1) Within the prolongation or connection of the lateral lines of sidewalks at any place where 2 or more roadways of any type meet or join, measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the roadway;

(2) Within the prolongation or connection of the lateral lines of a bicycle way where a bicycle way and a roadway of any type meet or join, measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the roadway;  or

(3) Distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings.

Is that better? Thought not. The basic idea is that a crosswalk exists at every intersection whether "distinctly indicated" or not.

 

Robert V. Clark
Maryland Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
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