Disturbing Trend in Traffic Fatalities Requires Immediate ActionJanuary 15, 2019
Despite significant improvements in safety technology, and other traffic solutions, such as seat belt enforcement and speed cameras, there was an uptick in fatal accidents in the Baltimore region in 2018. From Washington, D.C. to Prince George’s County, fatal accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists continued to occur at an alarming rate. The Vision Zero program aims to reach zero fatalities by reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries by 35 percent each year through 2024.
According to a transportation planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the increase in traffic fatalities is not just happening in this region, it is a national trend as well. The increase is likely because there are more people who choose to walk or ride their bikes because of high gas prices. There was a similar trend during the recession.
Different Jurisdictions Call for Different Solutions
From Washington, D.C. to some of the more rural areas of Prince George’s County, effective solutions will need to be tailored to the different landscapes and populations in that area. For example, Washington, D.C. has extremely densely populated streets, making intersections and crosswalks potentially dangerous. Officials from Prince George’s County report that they have the largest number of accidents because they have the largest land area. As a result, they have the most miles driven. More motorists on the road can increase the likelihood of car accidents. They also have a greater number of people who walk to work, compared to other counties in Maryland, which contribute to the higher number of pedestrian fatalities. Last year, there were 92 fatalities in Prince George’s County.
Law enforcement and safety officials have installed speed cameras, focused their efforts on drunk driving and distracted driving enforcement programs, and issued tickets for a range of violations, including speeding, running red lights, and aggressive driving. While this has helped, more needs to be done to prevent future accidents and fatalities, particularly those involving pedestrians. All motorists and pedestrians need to follow the rules of the road. This means being aware of your surroundings, eliminating distractions, and understanding who has the right of way. Avoid becoming overly upset or aggressive if another driver cuts you off or swerves into your lane, or a pedestrian fails to yield to oncoming traffic.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of All Types of Car Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, or if you were hit by a car while walking or riding your bike, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. Pedestrian accidents can cause very serious, often fatal injuries, and we will take every step necessary to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Our dedicated team will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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