A recent analysis by the Frederick News-Post of deadly accidents in Frederick County, Maryland found that a total of 150 deadly crashes took place on Frederick County roads between 2001 and 2006, with Md. 75 having a death rate of three times the national average.
8 of the 10 deadly accidents on Md. 75 took place on the 7.5-mile stretch connecting I-70 to Md. 26. Less than 10,000 automobiles drove through this area on a regular day in 2006.
These figures can be compared to the least-traveled part of U.S. 15 with over 15,000 vehicles a day and the least-traveled portion of I-70 with over 62,000 vehicles daily. However, considering the high volume of traffic on these roads, the fatality rates for Md. 75 is still lower.
Frederick County has a lower death rate than the U.S. and Maryland averages. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 42,642 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2006. There were over 5,900,000 motor vehicle crashes that year.
The Maryland State Highway Administration says that over 90% of accidents occur because of driver error. Other causes of truck accidents, car crashes, bus collisions, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian injuries include speeding, drunk driving, defective motor vehicle parts, poorly maintained automobiles, failure to obey traffic signs, failure to yield right of way, driving while talking on a cell phone or text messaging, aggressive driving, driving too slowly, improper lane changes, making illegal passes, driving through red lights, tailgating, and problems with signage.
Speed limit changes, hilly areas, and a range of at-grade intersections on MD 75 can also be contributing factors to some of the injuries and deaths that occur on this road.
Fatality rate on Md. 75 is triple national average, Frederick NewsPost.com, March 2, 2008
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