Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Rise in Pedestrian DeathsJune 10, 2017
According to officials with the Maryland Department of Transportation, the state has seen a concerning rise in the number of pedestrians fatally injured in car accidents. While there was only a slight increase in the number of overall fatalities from 2015 to 2016, the number of pedestrians killed has risen substantially. In fact, pedestrians accounted for over one-fifth of the total number of people who died in car accidents. State officials are hoping to bring attention to the issue and come up with effective ways to prevent additional fatalities.
Maryland Transportation Secretary, Pete K. Rahn, commented that this was the highest percentage of pedestrian deaths he has seen in his career. He points to congestion as one of the possible causes, indicating that busy, tourist-filled towns like Ocean City and Baltimore have higher rates of pedestrian deaths. Overall, said Rahn, people must take more responsibility for the way they drive in populated areas, and pedestrians must be aware of their surroundings, using extra caution when crossing streets or intersections.
Improving Roadway Problems That Put Pedestrians at Risk
Rahn has also reached out to other state and county officials, urging them to develop strategic highway management plans that will address specific problem areas, including certain major roadways and pedestrian crossing areas. Prince George’s County has already begun to implement such a plan after it had the highest number of fatalities in the state in 2010. As a result, there was a 12 percent decline in fatal crashes from 2015 to 2016. Each county has its own specific issues, said Rahn, so the best way to address the issues is for each county to develop its own strategic highway safety plan.
While drugged driving and the ongoing opioid addiction problem remain serious issues across the country, Rahn and Col. Jerry Jones, chief of the Maryland Department of Transportation Authority Police, have not seen any statistics showing that impaired driving is a major issue in Maryland. This may change as it is now legal in Washington, D.C. to own up to two ounces of marijuana. Yet, according to Jones, there is currently no identifiable increase in drugged driving in Prince George’s County, a suburb of Washington.
Officials also looked at the use of seatbelts, and found that while over 90 percent of drivers in Maryland used a seatbelt, 60 people who were fatally injured in car accidents in 2016 were not wearing a seatbelt. These 60 individuals could still be alive today if they had been wearing a seatbelt, according to Jones.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Families of Pedestrians Fatally Injured in Car Accidents
If you have lost a loved one in a tragic car accident, the compassionate Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will take action to hold those responsible accountable. Our dedicated team will thoroughly examine the details of the accident, including police reports, witness testimonies, and medical reports, so that we can determine who is responsible for the wreck. We will seek the maximum financial compensation that you and your family deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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