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Seaborne-Worsley v. Mintiens

Court of Appeals of Maryland
183 A.3d 141 (2018)


Victoria Seaborne-Worsley (plaintiff) and her husband drove to a restaurant to pick up a takeout order. Her husband parked in a travel lane perpendicular to the parking spaces and went inside while Victoria stayed in the car. Jeffrey Mintiens (defendant) backed his truck out of a parking space into the passenger side of Worsley’s car. Worsley sued Mintiens for personal injuries and damage to her car. Mintiens argued that Worsley’s husband was contributorily negligent for parking in the travel lane and that his negligence should be imputed to Worsley. Because Maryland is a contributory-negligence jurisdiction, imputing his negligence would completely bar Worsley’s recovery. The trial court imputed Worsley’s husband’s negligence to her and entered judgment for Mintiens, and the appellate court affirmed. Worsley appealed to Maryland’s highest court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (MacDonald, J.)

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