If your vehicle has ever stalled on a highway or busy street, you may remember feeling nervous about being exposed to traffic as you tried to fix the problem or call for help. As cars and large trucks rush past you, you run the risk of being hit even if you're fully pulled over on the side of the road. These accidents do happen, unfortunately, and they're quite often fatal.
Bicyclists who share the road with cars and other vehicles undergo risk every time they pedal out into the street. They are much less protected than motorists and therefore more prone to serious injury in the event of an accident. But that doesn't mean they don't have to right to travel safely. Maryland law says that drivers must treat bicycles like any other vehicle on the road, and leave at least 3 feet of space between a vehicle and a bike. Drivers should also reduce their speed when passing bicycles.