The Maryland government recently released a Maryland roadway fatality report through a new fatality reduction initiative, Zero Deaths Maryland. The report indicates that the state is currently on pace to have a higher number of driving fatalities this year than last year. At this same point last year, Maryland had 321 roadway fatalities, while currently there are already 353 fatalities reported on Maryland roads. The report further indicates that the number of fatal crashes throughout the state has gradually increased year over year beginning in 2018.
What Are the Top Causes of Fatal Truck Accidents?
There are various causes of fatal automobile accidents, including the size of the vehicles involved and whether any of the vehicle operators were impaired. According to Zero Deaths Maryland, the state has been relatively stable when it comes to fatal car accidents involving driver impairment and overall accidents involving impaired drivers. In 2017, Maryland had 170 driver-impaired fatal crashes while in 2021, the state had 154 driver-impaired fatal crashes. Similarly, in 2017 there were 6,654 total driver-impaired crashes, while in 2021 there were 6,522. A recent news article discussed a fatal accident that resulted in four deaths.
The news article detailed a recent crash that occurred on the evening of Saturday, November 5, around 5:30 PM in Carroll County. Maryland State Police from the Westminster Barrack responded to multiple reports of a three-vehicle crash in the area of westbound Liberty Road at Skidmore Road. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevy Equinox collided with a Ford F-350 after a Saturn rear-ended the Chevy. The initial collision then caused the Chevy to enter the eastbound lanes, violently colliding head-on with the Ford that was traveling eastbound on Liberty Road. The driver and two of the passengers in the Chevy were pronounced dead at the scene while two additional passengers from the Chevy were transported by air to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. One of those transported later passed away at the Shock Trauma Center. The driver of the Ford was also brought to the hospital for treatment for his injuries. Investigators do not currently believe that impaired driving was a factor in the crash, but the investigation is still ongoing. The Maryland State Police Crash Team is leading the investigation.
Have You Been Hurt in a Maryland Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck or car accident in the Prince George’s, Baltimore, Charles, or Montgomery County region, let the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen help you recover the damages you deserve. Expenses and injuries from a motor vehicle accident can quickly become overwhelming, and having an experienced team of lawyers by your side can make all the difference. Our attorneys have successfully represented injury victims at every stage of the process, ensuring that they obtain the proper damages. With our team, you can have faith that your claim is being pursued properly. If you have questions about your case, call us today at 800-654-1949 and schedule a free and no-obligation initial consultation with a Maryland injury lawyer at our office.