Rise of Traffic Fatalities in MarylandMay 30, 2018
Today’s cars are safer than ever, thanks to some of the latest advances in safety technology like collision avoidance systems, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control. As a result of these advances, as well as other factors – including tougher laws against distracted driving and drunk driving – the number of fatal car accidents nationwide has decreased by one percent.
However, in the state of Maryland, the number of traffic fatalities has increased for the past three consecutive years. According to data from the Maryland Department of Transportation, there was a seven percent increase in car accident deaths in 2017, compared to the previous year.
Based on preliminary data, 557 people were fatally injured in car accidents in the state of Maryland in 2017. In 2016, 523 people lost their lives in car accidents across the state, and 521 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2015. Not only has the number of traffic fatalities continued to climb over the past three years, but in 2015, there was a 17 percent increase in roadway deaths from the previous year. This marked the end of a decades-long pattern of declining traffic fatalities, both in Maryland and across the country. In 2014, the number of motorists or passengers who died in car wrecks was the lowest it has been since 1948.
Reversing the Deadly Pattern
Many, if not all, of these tragic accidents can be prevented if drivers make smart, safe choices every time they get behind the wheel. This means wearing a seatbelt at all times, avoiding driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, staying well-rested and alert, and avoiding texting or talking on the phone while driving. According to state officials, approximately half of the car accident victims in Maryland had either drugs or alcohol in their system.
The Maryland state medical examiner commented on how severe car accident injuries can be. Oftentimes, they can be some of the most devastating injuries that medical examiners see. Wearing a seatbelt is one of the simplest, yet most effective things individuals can do every time they get into a car, whether it is behind the wheel or in the back seat of a taxi or Uber vehicle. While the majority of people buckle up most of the time, the percentages are lower for back seat passengers. According the Governors Highway Safety Association, rear seat passengers are three times more likely to be fatally injured in a car accident if they are unbuckled.
In an effort to improve these statistics, Maryland state officials have set a goal of reducing traffic fatalities by 50 percent by 2030.
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