Truck Accident Facts and Statistics in Maryland
Large trucks account for a surprising number of traffic accidents each year in the state of Maryland. As defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a “large truck” has a gross vehicle rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds. Tragically, many truck accidents are completely preventable.
Holding a negligent party accountable in a truck accident can be difficult. There may be multiple insurance companies involved and more than one liable defendant. Without the help of an experienced attorney, you may not get the maximum compensation available in your case.
If you have been injured in a semi-truck or tractor-trailer accident, call Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. today for a free case evaluation: (410) 685-2022.
Baltimore Traffic Accident Statistics
- According to a Highway Safety Plan put forward by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), traffic accidents in Baltimore and the Washington D.C. metro areas account for 85 percent of the state’s annual crashes. In a single year, there were over 23,000 motor vehicle crashes that occurred in Baltimore City, accounting for 22 percent of Maryland’s traffic accidents.
- The January 2020 Statewide Crash Summary put out by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration found that Baltimore City had the highest number of injury crashes.
- Some of the most dangerous roadways in Maryland are located in Baltimore, including the Jones Fall Expressway/Interstate 83, Interstate 295, Interstate 695, I-95, Interstate 70, Maryland Route 50, and Indian Head Highway/Route 210.
Maryland Large Truck Accidents
As noted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2017, there were 785 fatal motor vehicle crashes in Maryland, 49 of those involved large trucks.
- Large trucks accounted for 6.2 percent of the fatal motor vehicle traffic accidents in the state.
- Occupants of other vehicles are substantially more likely to be killed in a large-truck crash. In 2017, 72 percent of those killed in large truck accidents were occupants of another vehicle.
- In Maryland, there were 29 occupants of other vehicles killed in large truck crashes and nine non-occupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.)
- Truck accidents are significantly more likely to occur on a weekday (Monday through Friday).
- Common causes of large truck accidents include collision with a moving vehicle, fixed object or pedestrian, overturn, jackknife, poor road conditions, or cargo equipment loss/shift.
- Seventy-nine percent of fatal large truck accidents involved vehicles classified as “heavy large trucks” or those with a GVWR exceeding 26,000 lbs.
If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, contact Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., to discuss your case. Our lawyers are dedicated to getting you the largest recovery available in your case. We have obtained over $200 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
When you are injured, you need an experienced attorney who knows the law and how to take on large insurance companies. We will conduct a thorough independent investigation of your case, reviewing the driver’s logbook, maintenance records, and safety training. Truck drivers and their employers are required to follow state and federal rules, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Our experienced attorneys at Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. can help ensure that your best interests are upheld and that negligent truck drivers or trucking companies are held responsible for their actions. Call today or fill out our online contact form for a free, confidential consultation.