Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Effectiveness of Maryland’s Traffic Safety LawsMarch 6, 2017
The number of people fatally injured in car accidents across the country has continued to rise in recent years. In the state of Maryland alone, close to six thousand people have been killed in car crashes in the past ten years. In 2015, over 35,000 people perished in fatal car accidents across the country. This is a significant statistic in that it is the largest percentage increase in 50 years, according to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Unfortunately, most states, including Maryland, are not doing enough to create and enforce strict safety laws that can ultimately prevent many of these fatal crashes from happening.
The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recently published a study that examined the safety laws in each state. States that have the most laws in place were given a green rating. States that have laws in place, but need improvement were given a yellow rating; and states that had poor traffic safety laws were given a red rating. Unfortunately, the majority of states were rated yellow and red, with very few states earning a green rating. Maryland is one of the many states that was given a yellow rating for having safety laws in place, but the current laws are not effective enough to prevent fatal crashes.
Stricter Laws Needed to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents
Maryland earned points for having laws that address distracted driving, motorcycle helmet use, and child safety laws, including the use of booster seats and front seat belts. However, the study concluded that Maryland lacked effective safety laws addressing teenage drivers, including drunk driving. By enforcing stricter nighttime restrictions, increasing the minimum age requirement for a driver’s permit, and enforcing a mandatory rear seat belt law, teen drivers and others on the road will be safer, and less likely to be involved in a serious car accident.
One example of an effective safety law that is currently enforced in Maryland is Noah’s Law, which was implemented in response to a drunk driving car accident in which Montgomery Police officer Noah Liotta was hit and killed by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. The law states that anyone who is convicted of a DUI must install an alcohol testing device into the vehicle’s ignition. While this law is a step in the right direction, it impacts those who have already made the dangerous, irresponsible, potentially life-threatening decision to drive while intoxicated. More needs to be done to prevent drunk driving from happening at all.
Interestingly, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. all received different safety ratings, with Washington, D.C getting the top safety rating, Virginia rated as poor, and Maryland in the middle with a “needs improvement” rating.
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If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, and you believe the other driver was at fault, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. Our dedicated team will determine who is liable for your injuries and aggressively pursue the maximum financial compensation that you deserve. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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