The law is often criticized for being too dependent on technicalities, and on the minute details of the meaning of every word to the extent that common sense is thrown out the window. Often, that is not true; laws often follow common sense and are interpreted squarely with fairness and justice. But every now and again, there is a law that is so poorly written, that the correct legal decision is often an incorrect decision when it comes to fairness.
Technicality Prevents Prosecution
Such is the case with a law that has recently been changed in Maryland when it comes to the obligations that drivers have towards pedestrians. The change was spurred by the death of a man who was on a bicycle and was hit by a car. The bicyclist was legally crossing the street in the right place. One car stopped at the intersection legally, but in the other lane, a speeding car hit and killed the cyclist.