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Recent report says Maryland pedestrians face higher accident risk

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Pedestrians’ vulnerability to injuries and death in auto accidents has been getting worse in Maryland and throughout the nation.

This is believed to be due to myriad factors including the prevalence of distracted drivers, the number of drivers choosing to exceed the speed limit, drivers who are under the influence, and the exponential rise in larger vehicles hitting the road. People are frequently warned to be vigilant and predictable when they are out walking.

Unfortunately, that does not always result in avoiding an auto-pedestrian crash and its ramifications.

The Governors Highway Safety Association tracks statistics for these and other types of accidents. It released its preliminary numbers for 2023 and there are worrisome signs for Maryland pedestrians. People need to be cognizant of this while also knowing what options are available if they or a loved one are hurt in a crash.

Pedestrian deaths have been rising incrementally in Maryland

In its report, the GHSA has issued information regarding pedestrian accidents and fatalities. It used the first six months of 2023 with the full year’s statistics to be analyzed and released later.

It said that during those six months, there were 75 pedestrian fatalities. This is a slight uptick from the 71 for the same duration in 2022. However, the first six months from 2019 through 2023 saw an incremental rise in pedestrian deaths.

This was not the case nationally; 30 of the 50 states – along with Washington, D.C. – saw a decrease between 2022 and 2023.

Auto-pedestrian accidents leave people in danger of serious injuries

Because pedestrians do not have any protection, a pedestrian-car accident can have significant consequences physically, personally and financially not just for the victim, but for their family as well. To address the problems that will arise, it is important to know how the accident happened, the extent of the injuries and how it will impact the person’s future. Being aware of the alternatives to make a full recovery in every aspect may require experienced guidance.