Car Inspection Laws in Maryland

Maryland requires that car owners have their vehicles inspected to ensure they are safe to operate. When vehicles are in a safe condition, they are less likely to break down or malfunction, causing an accident.

However, even motor vehicles that are in good working condition are involved in car crashes. If you are injured in a car accident, our Maryland personal injury lawyers can help. 

At William G. Kolodner P.A., our lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience working with personal injury cases. Put our considerable experience, knowledge, resources to work for you.

Contact our personal injury law firm in Baltimore, for a free consultation with one of our Maryland car accident attorneys, give us a call at (410) 837-2144.

How Our Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident

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William G. Kolodner P.A. is a Baltimore, Maryland family-owned personal injury law firm established in 1977. We have three generations of lawyers working in our firm. Each of our clients receives personalized care from our attorneys.

When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:

  • Carefully review and analyze your case to provide an honest assessment of your legal options
  • Conduct an accident investigation to gather evidence and identify who is liable for your damages
  • File all insurance claims and aggressively negotiate a fair settlement amount
  • Handle all aspects of your personal injury case so you can focus on your recovering
  • Keep you updated about the progress of your case
  • File a personal injury lawsuit to protect your best interests if the other party refuses to negotiate in good faith

Contact our office now to schedule a free consultation with a Maryland personal injury attorney. You are not under any obligation to hire our law firm after receiving our advice. 

What are the Car Inspection Laws in Maryland? 

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Maryland is one of the dozen or so states that require vehicles to undergo a safety inspection. Most vehicles registered in the State of Maryland must also undergo an emissions inspection under the VEIP (Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program). 

Inspection certificates can only be issued by an authorized safety inspection station in the State of Maryland. The Maryland State Police authorize license inspection stations throughout the state. You can search for an inspection station near you by inputting your zip code on the MSP’s website. 

You can call the inspection station to make an appointment for the inspection of your vehicle. The safety inspection takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

If your vehicle passes the inspection, you receive two copies of the Maryland Inspection Certificate. One copy is yours, and one copy has to be submitted to any full-service Maryland Vehicle Administration (MVA) branch office or a licensed tag and title service. 

If your motor vehicle fails inspection, you must correct the problem and have the vehicle re-inspected. Vehicles re-inspected within 30 days that have been driven less than 1,000 miles need only the defective equipment re-inspected to pass inspection. You cannot apply for a vehicle registration renewal without a current certificate of inspection and a valid driver’s license.

If you have moved to Maryland recently, you must have your vehicle inspected before applying for your vehicle registration. 

What Systems are Included in the Maryland Safety Inspection? 

The safety inspections vary slightly by the type of motor vehicle inspected. However, the following vehicle safety checklist applies to most vehicles. 

The service center conducting the inspection will check:

  • Odometer reading and vehicle identification number
  • Steering system
  • Wheel alignment
  • Suspension system
  • Brake system
  • Tires and wheels
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel system
  • Fenders and bumpers
  • All lights
  • Mirrors
  • Vehicle glazing
  • Windshield, windows, and windshield wipers
  • Hood, catches, doors, handles, and latches
  • Floor and trunk
  • Speedometer and odometer
  • Electrical system
  • Seats and safety belts
  • Motor mounts
  • Gear selection indicator
  • Constant velocity joints and universal joints
  • Emissions equipment

Vehicles may be subject to emissions testing. Maryland’s Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program has 18 centralized inspection stations and 10 self-service locations around the state. Vehicles that fail the emissions test must be repaired and re-inspected within 120 days.

Should I Hire a Maryland Accident Lawyer After a Car Crash?

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We want to help you receive the compensation you deserve after a car accident in Maryland.

You could be entitled to receive compensation for your economic damages and non-economic damages

Damages you might receive include:

  • Your medical bills and expenses
  • The cost of personal care and in-home health care
  • Your loss of income and benefits
  • Decreases in earning potential
  • Permanent impairments and disabilities
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering damages, including mental trauma, emotional distress, and physical discomfort

The value of your claim will depend on the facts of your case. Our attorneys are happy to discuss this topic in more detail during a free consultation. 

Don’t wait too long to call our office for legal advice. Your time to file a claim is limited by Maryland statutes.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers

If you are injured in a car accident, our Maryland personal injury attorneys can help. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injury claim with a car accident lawyer in Maryland.