The Boulevard Rule: Part III

We've discussed in other chapters the confines of Maryland's Boulevard Rule, familiar to Baltimore personal injury lawyers. Maryland law generally divides all intersecting roadways into two classes: "favored" roadways [i.e. the Boulevard], the other "unfavored." [the intersecting road] The driver operating on the favored road has the right of way-as long as she proceeding lawfully. In the normal circumstance, the unfavored driver is going to be found negligent, and responsible for a causing a Maryland automobile accident. But what if there is no collision between the unfavored driver and the favored driver. [Imagine a situation where an unfavored driver violates the right of way of a driver, but there is no automobile accident between those vehicles, but rather an automobile accident involving the favored driver, and the car following the favored driver –who is also favored]. As seasoned Baltimore personal injury lawyers know, the Court of Special Appeals has ruled that there is no requirement of an automobile accident between the favored and unfavored vehicles in order for the Boulevard Rule to operate against the unfavored driver. Pyles v. Rehman. 321 A.2d 175.

Black ice and personal injury lawsuits.

The American Meteorological Society tells us black ice is “a popular alternative for glaze. A thin sheet of ice, relatively dark in appearance, may form when light rain or drizzle falls on a road surface that is...

Property damage in personal injury lawsuits

The notion that there is a correlation between the dollar amount of property damage in a motor vehicle accident, and the severity of a personal injury has some logical appeal. If a car’s front end is smashed in, then the occupants would seem...
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