Why Driving in Baltimore is Miserable for CommutersAugust 13, 2018
From the Inner Harbor to the National Aquarium to Camden Yards, Baltimore offers an endless array of attractions for sports enthusiasts, foodies, and history buffs. In addition to the tourists that visit the city each day, thousands of people also commute to and from Baltimore every day for work. As a result, traffic conditions can be anything but pleasant for people coming in and out of the city. In addition to its many attractions, Baltimore is also known for having some of the worst drivers in the country, tied only with Boston.
WalletHub recently conducted a study to determine the best and the worst cities for owning a car. The list included cities that are the most affordable to the most expensive to own a car, cities with the worst traffic, and cities that are notorious for having the worst drivers. Unfortunately, in addition to being tied for having the highest accident rate in the country, Baltimore also has the unfortunate reputation of being ranked one of the worst cities when it comes to safety. With car break-ins to bad drivers and other scary traffic-related incidents, Baltimore is not the best place to drive or own a car.
Baltimore’s neighbor, Washington, D.C., also has a bad reputation when it comes to traffic and car accidents. It is no secret that the traffic coming in and out of D.C. is horrendous. However, when you combine heavy traffic with the number of drivers that are talking and texting on their smartphones while driving, the consequences can be extremely dangerous. Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents in this country, even though the laws have become stricter and the punishments more severe. Unfortunately, too many drivers continue to engage in this unsafe and irresponsible behavior.
Maryland Car Accident Statistics
The following statistics offer a closer look at the number of car accidents that have occurred in Maryland, and the impact they have on motorists:
- In 2017, the number of traffic fatalities in Maryland peaked at 557, a seven percent increase from the previous year.
- The main causes of fatal crashes in Maryland include impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, and not wearing a seatbelt.
- Close to one-third of fatal crashes are caused by drunk driving.
- Since 2014, the number of traffic fatalities has been steadily climbing.
Many car accidents can be avoided if motorists drive within the speed limit, avoid distractions, and obey the rules of the road. Safety should be the top priority, not checking a text, driving too fast, or engaging in other unsafe driving behaviors.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of All Car Accident Victims
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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