Car Accident Statistics

Below are some updated 2015 car accident statistics for Maryland and the United States.  You can find statistics for the settlement value of car and truck accident claims in Maryland here

The following car accident statistics are offered just to give a context of the scope of the problem and to highlight some of the points we have been making:

  1. smaller cars that come with better gas mileage cause more severe injuries in accidents,
  2. we still need to get stronger on our laws regarding drunk driving, and
  3. we need to continue to explore the risk of car accidents associated with cell phone usage.

With that in mind, we offer the following car crash statistics:

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  • We are on pace to have our highest rate of fatalities traffic year since 2007.  Approximately 19,000 were killed in the first half of the 2015, a brutal pace that put us 14% ahead of 2014.  Why? Gas prices have gone down dramatically in 2015.  Prices in Maryland fell below $2.00 in the first time in forever in November, 2015.  This puts more people on the roads.  There is less car pooling, less use of public transportation, and more deaths. 
  • In 2013, 32,719 people died in motor vehicle collisions. To put this in context, this is about the same number of people who died in car crashes in 1950.   
    • Opinion: cars are being made safer so we can expect the downward trend in car accident deaths to continue. But text messaging and the increased use of cell phones, in general, is slowing down the progress.  With lower cases prices, these trends could get worse. The good news with lower gas prices is the Americans will feel free to buy bigger cars that use more gas but are significantly safer. 
  • Most motor vehicle wrecks don't cause injuries. In 2010, there were 5,419,000 police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes. Only down 1,542,000 caused injuries. Most injuries were pretty mild.
  • Plus or minus from year to year, there are approximately 16,000,000 auto accidents in the United States every year. Why so many more than the last statistic would suggest? Most car crashes are not reported to the police. Again, In the vast majority of these, no one is injured. There are three million people injured every year in accidents (remember, there at least two people involved in most car accidents, which is why I say no one is injured in most car accidents).
  • Car accidents' total toll on the economy is about $250 billion. (Putting that number in context, it would pay for a quarter of President Obama's health care plan over the next 10 years.) Most of the cost is property damage to vehicles.
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  • There are 342,000 auto accident injuries and $43 billion each year in property damage, lost wages, medical bills and fatalities that government statistics attribute to cell phone usage while driving.
  • Guns are unsafe for kids, but cars are much worse. Approximately 115 people die every day in car, truck and motorcycle accident in the United States. Gunshot wounds and car accidents pose the leading threats to children's survival in this country. Car accidents account for 37% and firearms 27% of the 20,000 fatal injuries each year to children ages 1 through 19, according to the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Injury Prevention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Traffic crashes are the number one killer of people between the ages of 4 to 34.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - and this is hard to believe - motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of workplace fatalities.
  • Men and Women Are Different. One-third of women are killed in single vehicle crashes compared to 55% of men. (Read that again, it is pretty incredible.)
  • Vehicle speed is the greatest predictor of the extend of the driver's injury, followed by the type of crash, age of victim, use of a seatbelt, the mass of the vehicle, and sex of the driver.
Maryland Accident Statistics
  • Pedestrians jaywalking, or crossing mid-block, is the leading accident cause of pedestrian accidents 39 percent of the time in Maryland suburbs, 21 percent of the time in the District and 18 percent of the time in Northern Virginia.
  • 8% of Maryland jury awards in motor vehicle suits are for more than $250,000.
  • In 2007, teenage drivers in Maryland were involved in 98 fatal crashes, 7,357 crashes with injuries and nearly 11,538 other reported crashes, according to the Maryland Highway Safety Office.
  • In 2009, 10,591 lives were lost due to speed-related collisions. Speed-related crashes cost Americans $40.4 billion each year.
  • Most highway crashes are minor bumps in our lives that only involve the headache of property damage. Approximately 65% of crashes in Maryland cause no injuries.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2006, 651 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in Maryland, up six percent from 2005. Sixty percent of motor vehicle injuries and 44% of fatalities occurred between the workday hours of 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • In Maryland, 560 people were killed in traffic wrecks from January to October 2008, compared with 615 people who died during the same period of 2007. In Anne Arundel County, police reported 8,850 car accidents in 2007, but about half as many - 4,463 - in 2008. (Gas prices are reportedly the difference that is just crazy..) Police also reported 48 people were killed in Anne Arundel County car, truck, and motorcycle accidents in 2007 and 45 fatal deaths in 2008.
  • Maryland traffic fatalities statistics by year:
    • 1968: 872 (the year before our first medevac helicopters to take the injured to Shock Trauma at UMMS in Baltimore)
    • 1990: 707
    • 2000: 588
    • 2004: 643
    • 2005: 614
    • 2006: 652
    • 2007: 614
    • 2008: 591
    • 2009: 547 (30% alcohol related)
    • 2010: 496
    • 2011: 485
    • 2012: 476
    • 2013: 466
    • 2014: 442
    • 2015: This will not be a good year.  
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