When out on the road in Maryland, it is important to remain vigilant and pay attention to the surroundings. There are dangers everywhere and pedestrians are at significant risk of suffering personal injury and death in a crash. Auto accidents are also a danger. These crashes can lead to major, life-changing injuries and death. Keeping track of the statistics for auto accidents and their frequency is a wise step to improve safety. After a crash, an injured person and the family of a loved one who died should also consider whether they should file a lawsuit for compensation.
In 2018, there were 511 fatalities in auto accidents in Maryland. That was a rise of 8.5 percent from 2017. Overall, the number of fatalities had improved from 2016 in which 522 died. Transportation officials are optimistic about the improvement. However, there are concerns when anyone is killed and preventing these incidents is a goal the state is trying to achieve. The causes of the fatalities included a failure to wear seatbelts, driving while distracted or under the influence and driving at excessive speeds.
Those at the highest risk were bicyclists and pedestrians. There were 133 pedestrian fatalities in 2018. That was a rise from 117 in 2017 - an increase of 14 percent. As for bicyclists, there were six fatalities last year. That improved from 11 in 2017. Officials are trying to boost how drivers are educated, formulate better road design, enforce traffic laws and improve emergency services. They also want to dissuade drivers from getting behind the wheel under the influence and driving while distracted.
After an auto accident whether it is as a pedestrian, a bicyclist or while in a vehicle, the aftermath can be costly in many ways with injuries, the accompanying medical costs and other long and short-term expenses. If there was a fatality, the family will experience the emotional, financial and personal impact. Understanding the statistics is one thing, but it is necessary to have legal advice to pursue compensation in a lawsuit. Calling a personal injury firm can provide help in filing a case.