Authored by Joe Cammarata
Often we hear the phrase, "Share the road," but it sometimes
falls on deaf ears. If you do not heed this warning, and you cause injury
to a pedestrian or a cyclist it can cost you your freedom and bankrupt you.
On August 21, 2013, Trish Cunningham, a local youth and high school coach,
died when she was struck by a car as she was riding her bike along the
roadway in Maryland. The driver of the car faces criminal charges which
can include involuntary manslaughter, and may face a civil lawsuit for
compensatory damages for the injury and wrongful death of Ms. Cunningham.
Maryland law requires that drivers stay at least three feet away when
passing a cyclist. Cycling advocates want to replace "Share the road"
signs with "three feet, it's the law" signs.
Whether it is the law or not, it is reasonable to give space to cyclists
and pedestrians. In many states, pedestrians have the right of way over
a car, and a driver must let a pedestrian pass before proceeding.
If you are injured, or a friend or loved one suffers injury or death as
a cyclist or pedestrian, contact a Maryland personal injury lawyer from
Chaikin Sherman Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a free consultation.
We have handled many cases in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
for persons or families whose lives have been shattered due the negligence
of a careless driver.