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.
 

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