Maryland Car Accident Statistics
Every so often, you may hear on the news or on the radio driving to work an updated number of traffic accidents or fatalities that have occurred so far that year. The numbers are often surprising and sometimes cause people to think about how safe the roads are or even about their own driving habits. In Maryland, data is collected for all crashes that result in a vehicle being towed away, personal injury, or a fatality. The data is compiled by police officers and various agencies across the state of Maryland in order to inform the public as well as to identify safety problems, develop strategies to prevent accidents, implement those strategies, evaluate their effectiveness, and to inform agencies of potential roadway improvements.
While numerous people and agencies are doing their best to protect drivers on highways and roads across the state, it’s an unfortunate truth that accidents and fatalities occur every day. At Murphy Falcon & Murphy, we also strive to play a part in protecting the lives of Maryland drivers. If you were involved in a car accident that resulted in personal injury, our personal injury law firm is here to help you seek compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Our firm has years of experience working with clients who have been through various situations, and we understand what it takes to be successful. We don’t want you to be just another statistic, so give us a call today if you need legal assistance.
Car Accident Statistics in the State of Maryland
The following statistics are pulled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the state of Maryland from the years 2008 to 2017.
There were 550 total traffic fatalities in 2017, a 5.4% increase from 522 in 2016. Across the country, there were 37,133 traffic deaths, a 1.8% decrease from 2016. Maryland is below the national average and just outside of the top 10 states in the country for the lowest number of traffic fatalities.
There were 781 drivers involved in fatal crashes, signifying that 231 (29.6%) drivers survived. This is just slightly down from 2016, when there were 760 drivers involved in fatal crashes (31.3% survival).
There were 321 passenger fatalities in 2017, a 10.3% increase from 291 in 2016. Of those, 162 passengers were wearing seatbelts, 116 were not wearing seatbelts, and 43 it is unknown whether they were wearing seatbelts or not.
There were 186 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2017, a 31% increase from 142 in 2016. From 2008 to 2015, there was an average of 152 alcohol-impaired fatalities. In the U.S., there were 10,874 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2017, a 1.1% decrease from 2016. An alcohol-impaired driving fatality is when the driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater.
There was a total of 781 crashes that involved motorcycle drivers and/or riders in 2017 in Maryland, a 2.8% increase from 760 crashes in 2016. The national number of motorcycle crashes decreased from 52,399 in 2017 to 52,274 in 2016. Of the total 781 motorcycle crashes in Maryland, 340 drivers/riders were killed and 264 were alcohol-impaired.
Of the total 550 traffic fatalities in Maryland in 2017, 213 involved a passenger car; 42 involved a pickup truck; 10 involved a large truck; 86 were motorcyclists; 114 were pedestrians; 10 were bicyclists. There were 160 fatalities that occurred due to speeding; 262 involved a roadway departure; and 163 occurred at an intersection.
The top five Maryland counties with the highest number of traffic fatalities in 2017 were:
- Prince Georges (99 fatalities)
- Baltimore County (72 fatalities)
- Anne Arundel County (44 fatalities)
- Baltimore City (38 fatalities)
- Charles County (35 fatalities)
Despite having a fairly good record compared to other states, there are still 550 too many traffic fatalities in Maryland. At Murphy Falcon & Murphy, we are passionate about protecting our clients and will fight hard to ensure that your lives remain as normal as possible after getting in a car accident. If you are fighting the insurance company, if you are losing out on wages, or if you are having a hard time paying for medical bills, we have the experience and the knowledge to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. If you need help from a personal injury law firm, get in touch with the lawyers at Murphy Falcon & Murphy. We provide exceptional service to the Baltimore, Maryland area.