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Contributory negligence – one person’s story

Posted By Angie Schmitt On December 3, 2012 @ 12:35 pm In Featured | No Comments

B’ Spokes: As you might know I try to collect various information about Maryland’s contributory negligence doctrine and this is one disturbing report.
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by Greg, a comment on The WashCycle

In Maryland, 70% of civil suits involving a pedestrian and a vehicle the pedestrian is at fault. Recently, as an example, my friend was hit by a truck on my block walking away from a tow truck with flashing sirens. In spite of Maryland’s requirement that the driver yield right of way when approaching a vehicle using authorized flashing lights and slow to a prudent speed, he swerved around the truck and struck my friend resulting in medical bills and injuries.

My friend, because he was walking on *my property* but on the right hand side of the road as opposed to the left hand side of the road, was found to be contributory negligent and therefore not entitled to any relief.


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