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Contributory Negligence in Maryland

If you’ve been injured in an accident, who was at fault? Sometimes, more than one party shares fault for an accident. What happens if you’re partly to blame for your injury? Under a legal doctrine known as “contributory negligence,” you could be barred from recovering damages if you contributed in any way to causing an

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Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Maryland

Riding a motorcycle can be a dangerous way to get around. In more than half of crashes involving a motorcycle and a vehicle, the rider is not at fault. But lack of blame doesn’t make crashes less hazardous for motorcyclists: 75 percent of crashes result in an injury or fatality for the rider. One of

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Child Car Seat Laws in Maryland

Traveling by car is much safer for children than it used to be. The rate of children dying as passengers in vehicles has gone down by 60 percent since 1975, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Using appropriate restraints, including car seats, can further reduce the number of children dying or being seriously

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Maryland Auto Insurance Laws

If you operate a motor vehicle in Maryland, you’re required to maintain a certain level of liability insurance. The coverage requirement is designed to protect you and other parties from astronomical bills for medical care and property damage should a vehicle accident occur. At a minimum, your insurance policy must include: $30,000 to cover injuries

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Auto Inspections in Maryland

If you live in Maryland and operate a vehicle, it’s important to understand the laws on auto inspections. All vehicles in some Maryland counties are required to have periodic emissions tests. In addition, registering a vehicle — including a change of ownership — requires a safety inspection. Emissions Inspections Drivers cover 135 million miles in

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Maryland At-Fault and No-Fault Accident Laws

If you’re in a vehicle accident, who pays for your medical bills, the damage to your car, and other harm you suffer? It depends on the state in which you live. Maryland is an “at-fault” state for determining who has financial liability for harm caused in a vehicle crash. Typically, the driver who authorities find legally

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Maryland Whiplash Injury After a Vehicle Accident: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Compensation

What Is Whiplash? Whiplash is a painful neck injury that most often occurs as the result of rear-end vehicle crashes. The forceful rear impact causes the neck to move quickly back and forth, similar to a whip cracking. It is the rapid flexion and extension of the neck. It affects the neck muscles and ligaments which

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Maryland Moped Laws

Although mopeds may seem to bear more similarities to bicycles than to cars, in Maryland they are considered full-fledged motor vehicles that must have a proper title and insurance. If you ride a moped in the state, you’re required to have a valid driver’s license or moped operator’s permit, and the law requires that you

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