Motor Vehicle Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) projects that an estimated 42,795 people died in U.S. motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2022 — down 0.3% as compared to 42,939 fatalities reported for 2021. Americans are driving more than they did at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, as people resume their work commutes and other activities.
However, these high numbers reflect a troubling national trend in recent years of increasing motor vehicle accident fatalities, after years of deadly crashes being on the decline.
The National Safety Council reports that motor vehicle accident deaths increased by 11% in 2021 following an 8.3% increase in 2020. In 2021, 46,980 people died in motor vehicle crashes nationally compared to 42,338 in 2020 and 39,107 in 2019.
NHTSA traffic crash data for 2020 revealed that in 45% of fatal crashes, passenger vehicle drivers engaged in at least one of the following risky behaviors: speeding, alcohol impairment, or not wearing a seat belt. These national trends are also reflected in fatal crash data for Maryland.Maryland Traffic Accident Data
Motor vehicle accident fatalities are also up in Maryland. Zero Deaths Maryland — a public safety initiative of the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO), a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) — reported 564 traffic accident deaths in Maryland in 2022, up one from 563 fatalities in 2021.
Maryland traffic crash deaths for 2022 included 350 drivers, including young drivers ages 15 to 20 (in 30 accident reports) and mature drivers age 65 or older (in 54 accident reports); 129 pedestrians; 73 motorcyclists; and 10 riding a bicycle or other pedicycle. In addition, 161 unrestrained passengers were among those killed in Maryland motor vehicle accidents in 2022.
The top contributing factors for fatal Maryland motor vehicle accidents in 2022 were distracted driving, speed related, impairment, aggressive driving, and failure to wear a seat belt.
The Law Offices of Butschky & Butschky, LLC have more than three decades of experience helping accident injury victims in and around Maryland. Below are the types of Maryland motor vehicle accident cases our firm handles.
Car Accidents: We work with victims in all types of passenger car accidents, including automobiles, minivans, SUVs (including rollover accidents), and pickup truck accidents. We also handle cases involving these types of crashes in Maryland:
- Front Impact Auto Accidents (also known as head-on collisions)
- Broadside Car Accidents (also known as being sideswiped or broadsided)
Truck Accidents: Including large, commercial truck accidents involving box trucks, tractor trailer trucks, 18-wheelers and semi-trucks. We handle Maryland Workers Compensation cases in work-related accidents involving cars, vans, pickup trucks and large commercial trucks.
Motorcycle Accidents: Including accidents between cars, trucks, and motorcycles in Maryland.
Pedestrian Accidents: Traffic accidents where pedestrians are injured or killed after being struck by a car or truck in Maryland.
Drunk Driving Accidents: This includes all types of drunk driver crashes in Maryland involving cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, commercial trucks and/or pedestrians (Maryland DUI accidents).
Farm Vehicle Accidents: Involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles that are in accidents on Maryland back roads involving agriculture equipment such as tractors, combines and other harvesting machinery.
Livestock in the Road: Including cattle and other farm animals that may escape onto the roads and cause motor vehicle accidents in Maryland.
We serve all of Northeast Maryland including Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County, Carroll County, and Cecil County, Maryland. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, please contact us online for a complimentary consultation. You may also call us toll free at (800) 722-6616. We look forward to discussing your case.