Posted in News on August 1, 2017
Accidents in Maryland are a common occurrence, with an average of 295 crashes a day, the likelihood of being involved in one is fairly high. The Randolph Rice injury attorneys have reviewed and investigated accident statistics in Maryland from 2011 to 2015 and the numbers are astonishing.
When looking at the total number of crashes in Maryland from 2011 to 2015, we see an average of the five years at 95,795 total crashes. 68% of those crashes resulted in property damage and 31% resulted in an injury to one or more drivers or pedestrian.
Unfortunately, there’s been a steady increase in the number of crashes in Maryland. In 2011 there were 90,110 crashes, 2012 lodged 90,520 accidents, 2013 showed a slight increase of 92,605 crashes. In 2014 97,951 crashes occurred on Maryland roads and in 2015 107,789 accidents.
While the numbers for 2011 and 2012 showed a steady decrease of 44,000 and 44,398, respectively. There was a sharp decrease in the number of accidents in 2013 that resulted in injuries at 42,757. However those numbers rose in 2014 and 2015 to 44,158 and 44,806 injured, respectively.
The number of fatal crashes over a five-year period in Maryland averaged out to 450 individuals killed. But the numbers are deceiving as the fatalities rose and fell between 2011 and 2015. In 2011 we saw 488 individuals killed on Maryland roads whereas in 2012 that number rose to 511 people.
There was a significant drop in 2013 to 466 people killed in Maryland auto accidents and 443 individuals killed in 2014. Unfortunately the numbers spiked in 2015 to the highest levels we’ve seen over five years to 521 individuals killed on Maryland roads.
The numbers seem to be consistent with the miles travel in Maryland depending on the type of road where an accident occurs. Over the five-year period between 2011 and 2015, 28% of accidents occurred on Maryland highways. 23% of the crashes occurred on county roads where has 7.7% of the accidents happened on U.S. highways or interstates.
The fatality rate was a bit different over the five-year period. There were more fatal crashes on interstates then there were total crashes with 12% of the deaths occurring on U.S. highways. Maryland highways saw the highest number with 43% of the accidents resulting in death occurring on those roads. County highways showed a high number of 23% of fatal total accidents.
After analyzing the county data in Maryland, the most dangerous County/City is Baltimore City with 22% of the total crashes over the five-year period between 2011 and 2015. Baltimore County was the second most dangerous County for total crashes with 15%. Montgomery County and Prince George’s County were the third and fourth most dangerous counties with 12.1% from Montgomery County and 13.7% of the total crashes in the state recorded in Prince George’s County.
What are the most dangerous counties in Maryland when considering the fatality rate for car accidents? The most dangerous county recording 19.3% of the fatalities in the state of Maryland for a five-year period was Prince George’s County. Baltimore County was the second most dangerous county when it comes to highway deaths at 14%. There were no other counties with numbers that were outside of the norm aside from Baltimore County and Prince George’s County between the years of 2011 and 2015.
Although there were no significant outlier for one particular month there are a few months that are more dangerous or more likely for an accident to occur in Maryland. Most accidents occurred during the month of October in Maryland with 9% of the total accidents. The lowest number of accidents occurred in January in the state of Maryland with 7.4%. Fatal accidents as well as injury crashes were consistently the same between January to December ranging anywhere from 7.4% to 9.3% of the total accidents in the state during a given year.
We saw the highest number of accidents in the state to occur on Friday with 16% of the total crashes in the state. The safest day to drive in Maryland appears to be on Sunday with only 12% of the accidents. Again, there appeared to be no significant deviation in terms of injury crashes from Monday to Sunday in the state of Maryland ranging from 11.7% of the crashes occurring on Sunday and 16.2% of the injury crashes occurring on Fridays.
We did see a higher number for the five year period for fatal crashes occurring on Saturdays at 17.6%. The least number of fatal crashes occurred on Tuesdays. Therefore, there is a 6% higher probability of being killed in a motor vehicle accident on a Saturday then on a Tuesday in the state of Maryland.
Based on the 5-year data from 2011 to 2015 the most dangerous time to be on the roads and the most likely time to have an accident is that the 5 p.m. hour. 7.3% of all accidents occur between 5 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. the safest time to be on the road and avoid an accident in Maryland is it 4 in the morning with 1.3% of the accents occurring during that hour. Fatal crashes were inconsistent with that time whereas 6% of all fatal crashes occurred in the 8 o’clock hour in Maryland. The safest hours to be on the road appear to be at 5 a.m. where 2.9% of all fatal crashes in Maryland occurred.
Looking at the statistics from 2011 to 2015, 10.7% of the total crashes in Maryland involved an individual between the age of 25 to 29 years old. The statistics show a consistent number of age groups between 30 and 79 we’re consistently the same when it came to being involved in an accident in Maryland. However, fatalities in car accidents were shown to be more likely for the age group of 25 to 29 years old, with 12.4% of that age group involved in fatal accidents in Maryland during the five-year period.
According to the statistics in Maryland between 2011-2015 women are safer drivers. 48 .6% of accidents involved a male driver. Whereas between the same time only 33.7% of accidents involve a female driver. However the numbers are equal when we look at the number of drivers injured in accidents with 49.7% male and 49.8% female. The fatal accident statistics show an even greater disparity between men and women. Between 2011 and 2015, 78.4% of a fatal accidents involve a male driver whereas 21.6% of fatal accidents involved a female driver.
Encouraging number that we saw between 2011 and 2015 was the increase in the use of safety equipment, more specifically seat belts. Between 2011 and 2015, 95,453 individuals involved in accidents were using safety belts. That number rose to 135,000 in 2015 with a five-year average of 62.4% of individuals using seat belts when involved in accident.
State data shows two main numbers of interest. Ages 5 to 9 years old accounted for 10.4% of the passengers involved in accidents and the age group of 22 to 24 accounted for 11.8% of the passengers involved in accidents in Maryland over the five-year period.
Those numbers are not consistent when it comes to fatal accidents. 17.8% of the passengers involved in fatal accidents were between the age of 20 and 24 years old. And 10% of the passengers involved in fatal accidents were between the age of 25 to 29 years old.
Statistics for the gender of the passenger was not significant in an accidents between 2011 and 2015 with 47.8% of the passengers being male and 51.1% of the pastors being female. However, in fatal accidents it appears that more passengers are female with 53.9% compared to 46.1% being male.
There were some interesting numbers when it came to the age of pedestrians involved in accidents in Maryland. With the highest number between the age of 22 to 24 years old accounting for 11.1% of the victims in a pedestrian crash. The second highest number was for pedestrians between the age of 10 and 15 years old at 9.8%.
When it came to fatal accidents involving pedestrians, the two highest numbers were between the ages of 50 and 54 years old at 11.6%. And they were second highest age group of 55 to 59 years old with 10.5% of the victims of pedestrian accidents that resulted in death. The gender of pedestrians injured in accidents was of some note.
Of all the accidents between 2011 and 2015, 61.9% of the pedestrian victims were male whereas 36.9% of the victims were female. Those numbers appear to be consistent when it comes to fatal pedestrian accidents where 71% of the deaths were male and 29% of the desk or female.
The highest number of accidents involving pedestrians occurred on the road but not at a crosswalk between 2011 and 2015 accounting for 42.2% of the total accidents in Maryland. The second highest location for a pedestrian injury occurred on the road at a crosswalk. These numbers were consistent when it came to fatal accidents with 64.3% a fatal pedestrian accidents in Maryland occurring on the road but not at a crosswalk. This is particular when talking about accidents crossing interstates and major thoroughfares.
Since the highest number of accidents involved a pedestrian Crossing at an intersection with 25.5% of the accidents during the five-year period. With the second most common location being crossing the road but not at an intersection at 24.2%. The most common location for a fatal accident in Maryland between 2011 and 2015 was crossing the road, but not an intersection with 40% of the fatal accidents with the second most common of crossing at an intersection and the third most common walking or riding with traffic. Thus the importance of looking both ways when crossing the road to avoid being a statistic.
A review of the statistics in Maryland between 2011 and 2015 paints a dangerous picture for individuals on or near the highways in Maryland. It’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer if you have been injured in an accident or as a pedestrian in Maryland. Contact the Randolph Rice injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation if you are loved one have been injured in an accident in Maryland.