In 1891, a gasoline-powered buggy carrying James Lambert and James Swoveland hit a tree root and crashed into a hitching post, causing minor injuries to both men. This incident is widely believed to be the first car accident in the United States. Unfortunately, it would not be the last.
So, how many automobile crashes happen in the state of Maryland each year in the 21st century? And how does the Old Line State’s road safety record stack up against the rest of the nation? For the answers to these questions and more, one must review the following car accident statistics, as published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
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How Many Car Accidents Occur in Maryland Every Year?
In 2020, Maryland experienced a slight drop in overall car accidents due to pandemic-related lockdowns. However, fatal car accidents actually increased that year.
Maryland has seen the following number of car accidents over the past few years:
- 2017: 115,438
- 2018: 118,043
- 2019: 115,967
- 2020: 95,507
How Many Maryland Car Crashes Result in Property Damage Every Year?
Of the 95,507 motor vehicle accidents that occurred in Maryland in 2020, 69,630 resulted in property damage
The years prior to 2020 also had a high number of property damage crashes:
- 2016: 120,278
- 2017: 80,256
- 2018: 118,043
- 2019: 115,967
How Many People Are Injured on Streets and Highways in Maryland Every Year?
Of the roughly 95,500 traffic collisions that happened in Maryland in 2020, 25,331 resulted in at least one injury. The figures for the previous four years are as follows:
- 2016: 34,720 injury-causing accidents
- 2017: 34,664 injury-causing accidents
- 2018: 33,936 injury-causing accidents
- 2019: 32,924 injury-causing accidents
These statistics mean that roughly 30% of accidents in Maryland cause injury.
How Many People Die in Car Crashes in the State of Maryland Every Year?
Preliminary data for 2021, shows that there were 555 fatal crashes in Maryland last year. 2020’s total was even higher — 573 fatal crashes — despite having fewer overall crashes due to the pandemic.
For comparison, the figures for the four preceding years were:
- 2019: 496
- 2018: 485
- 2017: 518
- 2016: 483
This year, there have been 79 fatalities in Maryland as of March 2022.
How Many Pedestrians Are Killed and Injured in Car Accidents in Maryland Every Year?
From 2016 to 2020, an average of 120 pedestrians were killed in Maryland each year. This is slightly higher than the average (102 pedestrians) from 2012 to 2016.
Between 2016 and 2020, an average of 2,772 pedestrians sustained injuries on Maryland roads every year.
How Many Cyclists Are Killed and Injured in Car Accidents in Maryland Every Year?
During the period beginning in 2016 and ending in 2020, the state of Maryland saw an average of 12 cyclists deaths per year. From 2012 to 2016, the mean number of annual bicycle fatalities was 9.
From 2016 to 2020, an average of 652 cyclists suffered an injury each year in Maryland.
Where Do Maryland Car Accident Fatalities Typically Occur?
Between 2016 and 2020, there were an average of 506 traffic fatalities in the state of Maryland. Of those deaths, the vast majority occurred in urban areas like Baltimore City.
In comparison, the period starting in 2012 and ending in 2016 saw an average of 489 total fatalities each year on streets and highways throughout Maryland. Most of these fatalities also occurred in urban areas.
How Does Seat Belt Usage Contribute to Maryland’s Traffic Safety Record?
According to the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing a seat belt can reduce a person’s risk of serious injury or death in an auto accident by about half. They also estimate that seat belts saved almost 15,000 lives in the United States in 2017.
Despite these facts, significant numbers of drivers and passengers in the state of Maryland regularly refrain from wearing these safety devices.
From 2016 to 2020, an average of 117 unrestrained motorists died in Maryland every year. Between 2012 and 2016, this figure sat at 107.
The period from 2016 to 2020 also saw a mean of 2,331 unrestrained motorists sustain injuries on an annual basis. Between 2012 and 2016, the state of Maryland reported an average of 2,187 injuries to unrestrained drivers and passengers.
Is Drunk/Drugged Driving a Problem in the State of Maryland?
In Maryland, drugged and drunk driving is a significant issue, particularly in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County. This fact is clearly evidenced by the following statistics:
Between 2016 and 2020, accidents involving drugs or alcohol accounted for an average of 136 fatalities per year in Maryland. For the period from 2012 to 2016, this number stood at 156.
From 2016 to 2020, there was an average of 2,049 drunk and drugged driving-related injuries in Maryland each year.
Is Distracted Driving a Problem in the State of Maryland?
Maryland has a sizable problem with motorists texting, eating, applying makeup, or otherwise being distracted while driving through busy cities like Baltimore. The end result of this issue is statistics like these:
During the period from 2016 to 2020, distracted driving caused an average of 189 fatalities per year in the state of Maryland. Between 2012 and 2016, this figure was a bit lower, with 168 annual deaths being reported.
Distracted driving accounted for 17,286 injuries per year in Maryland between 2016 and 2020.
Is Speeding a Problem in the State of Maryland?
Like just about every other state, Maryland is in a constant battle to remind its residents to slow down. Unfortunately, not everybody listens. As a result, the Old Line State reports some alarming speeding accident statistics:
From 2016 to 2020, the state of Maryland reported an average of 81 speed-related deaths each year. Between 2012 and 2016, the state had 95 annual speed-related fatalities.
During the period from 2016 to 2020, Maryland also had an average of 2,898 speed-related serious injuries every year.
How Does Maryland’s Traffic Safety Record Compare to That of Other States?
The state of Maryland has its fair share of traffic fatalities each year. But how does it’s record compare against the rest of the nation? Well, according to the researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
- Maryland has the 12th lowest rate of traffic fatalities per capita in the United States
- Maryland has the 7th lowest rate of traffic fatalities per mile traveled in the United States
What to Do if You Get into a Car Accident in Maryland
If you should become one of the tens of thousands of people who will get into a car crash in Maryland in the next 12 months, you may wish to follow these easy tips to protect both your health and your financial future:
Call an Ambulance (if Necessary)
As soon as the dust settles on your crash, check your body for signs of serious injury. If you believe you need immediate medical care, call 911 and ask them to dispatch an ambulance to your location as quickly as possible.
Call the Police
If your car accident injuries do not necessitate an immediate trip to the hospital, you should remain on the scene and contact the police. When they arrive, they will put together an accident report that you may be able to use as evidence in a personal injury lawsuit.
Compile Evidence of the Accident
Once you have finished interacting with the police, you can then begin compiling your own collection of evidence. In general, this means taking plenty of pictures and videos of the crash scene as well as taking down the contact information of any witnesses.
Hire a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer
When you have finished collecting evidence, you should then reach out to an attorney that specializes in personal injury cases. Once retained, your Baltimore car accident lawyer will assist you by:
- Communicating with insurers on your behalf
- Providing you with an overview of the legal process
- Representing you in court
Questions About Baltimore Car Accident Statistics? Call Our Law Firm Today
If you would like to learn more about car accidents in Baltimore or you have been involved in one yourself, please contact our Baltimore law firm, William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers and set up a free consultation, give us a call at (410) 837-2144 and speak with a member of our experienced legal team. We will be more than happy to provide you with the legal advice, guidance, or information you require.