The number of fatal and nonfatal crashes that occurred across Maryland and the rest of the United States declined substantially in 2020. Yet, the number of car wrecks taking place across the state and nation spiked considerably in the time since.
Per Insurify, Maryland currently ranks sixth in the nation in terms of the number of car crashes that took place within state lines since 2022 began. Studies also show that many of the motorists whose actions caused or contributed to crashes in Maryland already had at-fault crashes in their driving histories.
More than 10% of the drivers who caused crashes in Maryland already in 2022 already had at-fault crashes in their past. The odds of a motorist dying in a Maryland car wreck is also one in 10,870. While Maryland sees more than its fair share of car crashes, many of them are non-fatal in nature. In terms of traffic deaths per capita, Maryland’s are actually 17% lower than the national average despite the state’s high number of car crashes.
Many different factors contribute to fatal and nonfatal crashes in Maryland and across the United States. More drivers took to the state’s roadways in 2022 than they did in 2021 or 2020, and more drivers typically mean more car wrecks. Dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding or driving while distracted, also contributed to many wrecks across the state and nation. A lack of seat belt use was also a factor in many fatal crashes that took place state- and nationwide so far this year.
Motorists who exercise negligence behind the wheel and injure or kill others due to their actions may face legal repercussions.