In Maryland, striking a pedestrian walking in a crosswalk is a serious crime which can result in a fine of $500 or imprisonment for 2 months. A violation of a statute such as the one requiring an automobile to yield the right of way is also prima facie evidence of negligence. However, since Maryland has adopted the doctrine of contributory negligence, all pedestrians may need to continue to watch carefully before crossing the street to recover on a personal injury claim. As many of us who walk places know, there are many drivers who remain clueless about pedestrian crosswalk markings. These inconsiderate drivers not only speed through crosswalks, they lay on their horns demanding that pedestrians get out of their way. Be careful out there!