Dundalk is one of the largest suburbs in the Baltimore metropolitan area. It does not have well-defined borders because it was never incorporated as a town. Instead, it occupies an unincorporated area between Baltimore City and Back River. About 67,000 people live in Dundalk, MD.
Maryland does not provide Dundalk car accident statistics. But it does provide statistics for Baltimore County separate from Baltimore. These numbers suggest that Dundalk accident victims suffer injuries at a higher rate than those elsewhere in Maryland.
If you were injured in a crash, an attorney from WGK Personal Injury Lawyers can evaluate your case for injury compensation. Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Dundalk car accident attorneys or call us at (410) 970-3080.
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How WGK Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Car Accident in Dundalk, MD
WGK Personal Injury Lawyers is dedicated to helping accident victims pursue compensation after someone else’s actions injure them. Since 1977, our Dundalk car accident lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in financial compensation for our injured clients.
If you get injured in a collision in Dundalk, Maryland, we can help you by:
- Conducting a free case evaluation so you understand your rights and options
- Using our 100 years of combined experience to assemble and present your claim
- Negotiating with insurance adjusters for fair personal injury compensation
A car accident in Dundalk can cause severe or even disabling physical and mental trauma. Contact WGK Personal Injury Lawyers to discuss your car accident injuries and the compensation you can pursue for them.
How Dangerous Is Dundalk For Drivers?
Dundalk accounts for roughly 8% of Baltimore County’s residents. But the area still sees heavy congestion from commuters traveling to and from Baltimore. I-695 also runs through Dundalk, bringing traffic from the interstate into this suburb.
Baltimore County’s crash statistics are average or slightly worse than average compared to the rest of Maryland. The county has 14% of Maryland’s population and about 14% of the state’s traffic accidents and deaths. But crashes in the county cause about 16% of the state’s traffic injuries. This means you are more likely to get injured in Dundalk than in Maryland as a whole.
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has also broken down the risks to drivers on a crash clock.
According to the crash clock, drivers in Baltimore County experience the following:
- A traffic fatality every 5 days
- A traffic injury every 83 minutes
- A property damage crash every 33 minutes
The Baltimore County Police Department receives a call for assistance with a traffic crash about every 26 minutes.
Dundalk Traffic Crash Statistics
MDOT’s crash statistics do not show how many traffic accidents happen in Dundalk every year. But using Dundalk’s share of Baltimore County’s population, you can estimate that roughly 1,600 traffic accidents occur in an average year in Dundalk.
This number includes:
- 5 bicycle accidents
- 28 pedestrian accidents
- 554 single-vehicle accidents
- 1,013 multi-vehicle collisions
The multi-vehicle collisions include all collisions involving passenger cars, motorcycles, or commercial motor vehicles, like semi-trucks.
According to the five-year averages for Baltimore County, crashes in Dundalk typically include:
- 5 fatal accidents
- 366 non-fatal injury accidents
- 1,229 property damage accidents
Using the county’s injury and fatality numbers, you can estimate that, in an average year, Dundalk traffic crashes cause:
- 6 fatal injuries
- 537 non-fatal injuries
The MDOT statistical reports do not break down the non-fatal injuries by severity. But at least some of these injuries resulted in permanent disabilities like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations.
Dangerous Times For Drivers in Dundalk, MD
The number of crashes fluctuates by only a few hundred per month. But the crash totals form a pattern, with crashes falling in the early part of the year, then increasing through the summer before peaking toward the end of the year. This may represent the increase in traffic congestion and cold, wet weather in the fall and winter months.
The most dangerous time to drive is during the afternoon commute. Roughly 22% of all crashes happen between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., even though these three hours only make up 12.5% of the hours in a day.
Friday is the most dangerous day of the week to drive. Crash numbers jump by almost 1% on Friday. In an average year, about 160 more crashes will happen on Friday than on other weekdays. The safest days to drive are Saturday and Sunday. Weekend days average between 1% to 2.5% fewer crashes than weekdays.
Common Causes of Collisions in Dundalk, MD
MDOT has identified four common causes of crashes on Baltimore County roads. These four driver behaviors have produced an increasing number of fatalities and injuries over the three years between 2019 and 2021.
During these years:
- Speeding injuries more than doubled
- Impaired driving deaths nearly tripled
- Distracted driving deaths almost doubled
- Aggressive driving injuries increased by more than 50%
These crash causes account for dozens of injuries and fatalities in Dundalk in an average year.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Dundalk Car Accident Lawyers
Dundalk car crashes can severely injure or even kill accident victims. If you have been injured, contact WGK Personal Injury Lawyers to discuss your collision and the compensation you can seek.