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Vehicle Accidents in Maryland


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Common Causes and Consequences of Auto Accidents

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Vehicle Accidents in Maryland

  1. 1. VEHICLE ACCIDENTS IN MARYLAND Common Causes and Consequences of Auto Accidents
  2. 2. DRIVING IN MARYLAND Every year in Maryland, vehicles travel over 56 billion miles. Perhaps it is no surprise that there are around 500 fatalities and more than 40,000 injuries in Maryland vehicle crashes every year. There has been an increase in the number of traffic fatalities in recent years that is understandably causing concern among drivers and safety advocates. But by knowing how these crashes happen, we might be better equipped to avoid them in the future.
  3. 3. HOW CRASHES HAPPEN No two crashes are the same. However, most have one thing in common: Around 94 percent of vehicle crashes are the result of human error. When people make mistakes behind the wheel, those mistakes can be costly for everyone they share the road with. Let’s look at a few examples of reckless driving...
  4. 4. DRUNK DRIVING In 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there were 159 alcohol-related vehicle fatalities in Maryland. Drunk driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all vehicle fatalities in the state.
  5. 5. DISTRACTED DRIVING  Mobile devices  Too many passengers  Maps or navigation devices  Car stereos  Eating or drinking  Looking in the mirror Every year in Maryland, 185 people are killed and 27,000 are injured because of a distracted driver. Drivers can be distracted by:
  6. 6. AGGRESSIVE DRIVING Around 50 people lose their lives and 3,800 are injured because of aggressive driving every year in Maryland (not including speeding). Aggressive driving might include:  Following another vehicle too closely  Running red lights  Improper shifting of lanes  Weaving  Failing to yield to stop signs or signals.
  7. 7. SPEEDING Speeding contributes to around 120 deaths and 8,000 injuries every year in Maryland. While speeding includes exceeding a posted speed limit, it also means driving too fast for the conditions, like hazardous weather or heavy traffic.
  8. 8. EXAMPLES OF SERIOUS INJURIES IN AUTO ACCIDENTS While minor accidents may result in few to no injuries, more serious crashes can lead to debilitating injuries, such as: Loss of limbs Whiplash Wrongful death Spinal cord injuries Traumatic brain injuries Multiple broken bones Internal damage
  9. 9. OTHER CONSEQUENCES OF AUTO ACCIDENTS In addition to the serious injuries we’ve listed, a vehicle crash can also pose many other challenges. Crashes can result in a great deal of pain, suffering and property damage. Crash-related injuries can also require expensive medical treatment, time missed from work, lost income and a diminished quality of life.
  10. 10. UNDERSTANDING NEGLIGENCE When a driver fails to drive responsibly and causes a crash, they can be held accountable for any injuries that they cause. Driving irresponsibly is a form of negligence, which means that a reckless driver could be responsible for the costs of their victim’s injuries. If you’ve been hurt by a negligent driver, you can file a personal injury claim to recover any damages you are facing.
  11. 11. NEED HELP? CALL THE INJURY LAWYER Steven H. Heisler represents those who have suffered injuries in Maryland vehicle accidents. He fights to make sure that his clients get the compensation they deserve. Whether it is holding a negligent driver accountable or standing up against insurance companies, Steven H. Heisler has a track record to prove that he delivers results for his clients. Contact us today by filling out our online form or calling us at (410) 625-4878.