Wondering what drivers are legally obligated to do to keep you safe as a pedestrian in Maryland? If so, take a look at some of these important pedestrian laws:
1. When pedestrians are in the crosswalk, cars have to stop completely. They cannot roll toward the pedestrians in an effort to get them to hurry, for instance, but must stop and wait.
2. If one car stops, it's then illegal for all of the cars behind that one to come up and pass. They also have to wait for the pedestrians to finish crossing before the entire line can move.
3. Turning vehicles at green lights still have to wait for pedestrians. Even though the light is green, that doesn't mean drivers don't have to look for people in crosswalks on the streets they are turning onto.
4. If drivers see any pedestrian-related dangers, they need to slow down. They must drive in a manner that is safe for those on foot.
5. Driver have to honk their horns when pedestrians need a warning. This isn't to tell them to get out of the way -- as shown above, drivers have to wait for pedestrians -- but simply to alert them to any danger. If pedestrians seem to be confused, drivers are instructed to drive with caution.
Essentially, though drivers may feel that they own the road, they are actually instructed to be as careful as they can around pedestrians. These accidents are so dangerous and often fatal, and are to be avoided nearly at all costs. If you have been hit by a driver who broke any of these laws, you may be able to get compensation.
Source: Montgomery County, MD, Police Department, "Summary of Maryland Pedestrian Laws," accessed Dec. 20, 2016