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Insurers seek brakes on comparative negligence for cyclists

Bruce Bereano, a tobacco lobbyist, stands in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Bereano said he believes states used money from the Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies as an opportunity to bring in money instead of placing enough money on tobacco programs. (Capital News Service photo by Erin Serpico)

ANNAPOLIS — Cycling organizations urged legislators Tuesday to establish a comparative negligence standard for when they or pedestrians are struck by vehicles, drawing opposition from insurers, defense attorneys and local governments. Sen. Susan C. Lee, D-Montgomery, proposed a “comparative negligence ...

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Court reinstates verdict, sans $90M award, in teen’s death

A Maryland appeals court has reinstated a jury’s verdict – but not its $90.3 million damages award – for the parents of a 13-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a car six years ago while crossing a four-lane street while trying to reach her school-bus stop in Temple Hills. The Court of Special Appeals said the trial judge was wrong to toss out the jury’s verdict against the Prince George’s County Board of Education based on his erroneous finding that it owed no duty of care to the girl and that her negligent crossing of the street contributed to her death.

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