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§ 19-103. Liability for damages caused by negligent operation of emergency vehicles

West's Annotated Code of MarylandTransportation

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Transportation
Title 19. Vehicle Laws--Civil Liability of Governmental Agencies (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Transportation, § 19-103
§ 19-103. Liability for damages caused by negligent operation of emergency vehicles
Definitions
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Emergency service” means:
(i) Responding to an emergency call;
(ii) Pursuing a violator or a suspected violator of the law; or
(iii) Responding to, but not while returning from, a fire alarm.
(3) “Emergency vehicle” has the same meaning as in § 11-118 of this article.
Immunity from liability generally
(b) An operator of an emergency vehicle, who is authorized to operate the emergency vehicle by its owner or lessee while operating the emergency vehicle in the performance of emergency service as defined in subsection (a) of this section shall have the immunity from liability described under § 5-639(b) of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article.
Liability for damages caused by negligent act or omission
(c)(1) An owner or lessee of an emergency vehicle, including a political subdivision, is liable to the extent provided in § 5-639(c) of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article for any damages caused by a negligent act or omission of an authorized operator while operating the emergency vehicle in the performance of emergency service as defined in subsection (a) of this section.
(2) An owner or lessee of an emergency vehicle, including a political subdivision, shall have the immunity from liability described under § 5-639(c) of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article.
Self-insured jurisdictions
(d) A self-insured jurisdiction shall have the immunity from liability under this section as described under § 5-639(d) of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article.

Credits

Added by Acts 1983, c. 539. Amended by Acts 1990, c. 546, § 3; Acts 1997, c. 14, § 20, eff. April 8, 1997; Acts 2003, c. 21, § 1, eff. April 8, 2003; Acts 2012, c. 66, § .6, eff. April 10, 2012.
MD Code, Transportation, § 19-103, MD TRANS § 19-103
Current through legislation effective July 1, 2020, from the 2020 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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